Korea’s Aircraft Carrier Project Officially Begins

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The Republic of Korea announced that it has added the budget set for the LPX-II Aircraft Carrier to its 2020-2024 defence plan. Thus, the project officially began.

As part of the aircraft carrier project, which entered the pre-planning process about a year ago, amphibious operations will be replaced by aircraft-based assault and defence.

The platform design states that the Ski-jump ramp has been removed. The ballistic missile defence radar (MFR), developed for Korea’s next generation destroyer, will also be used in the LPX-II.

The F-35B Lightning II stands out for the ship’s main aircraft, while the F-35s’ sensors and ammunition are expected to be Korean production.

The US and UK government and firms will support Korea in the LPX-II project. London will offer technical and doctrinal advice. Washington will transfer technology for the reinforced deck as part of its F-35B purchase.

The aircraft carrier is expected to enter the service of the Navy in 2030.

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