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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2019 3:52 p.m. PST

…Aircraft Carriers.

"As the security situation in the region erodes, the carrier question becomes more pressing for Seoul.

A senior South Korean lawmaker has said the country should reconsider proposals for acquiring either light or medium aircraft carriers with Catapult Assisted Take-Off Barrier Arrested Recovery, or CATOBAR, configurations to respond to growing regional security threats. These were alternatives to South Korea's reported decision to purchase a number of large amphibious assault ships capable of supporting fixed-wing short takeoff and vertical landing combat jets, namely the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter. This call for reassessing that choice comes as the South Korean Ministry of Defense may be leaning toward acquiring 20 more conventional F-35A models rather than B variants, further deferring plans to develop a fixed-wing naval aviation capability…"
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Redroom13 Oct 2019 6:57 a.m. PST

With the success NK has had with their small subs, to me it seems like pure idiocrasy building water based assets that can easily be taken out.

SBminisguy13 Oct 2019 1:57 p.m. PST

Chest beating – does South Korea have regional or global power projection needs? Not so much.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2019 3:31 p.m. PST



FatherOfAllLogic14 Oct 2019 7:43 a.m. PST

Whatever for? Are they planning on fighting Japan? Can't the F-35 land at an airport?

ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa14 Oct 2019 10:18 a.m. PST

They already have an amphibious assault ship i.e. helicopter carrier. I could see the sense of them having a couple of littoral carrier vessels to act as moveable airfields in case NK goes off the deep end. Ocean going vessels less so – though given China's increasingly belligerent territorial claims in the region I can see why they might consider the idea.

Lion in the Stars15 Oct 2019 11:31 a.m. PST

big-deck gator freighters would be useful to repeat Inchon-type landings.

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