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(LEAD) S. Korea decides to buy more Israeli-made early warning radar equipment

Defense 17:56 November 27, 2018

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SEOUL, Nov. 27 (Yonhap) -- South Korea decided Tuesday to purchase two more Israeli-made early warning radar systems as part of efforts to bolster its air defense, Seoul's arms procurement agency said.

Seoul's defense project promotion committee approved the project worth 330 billion won (US$292 million) to buy Green Pine Block C radar systems produced by ELTA, a subsidiary of the defense firm Israel Aerospace Industries, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said.

The government plans to introduce them in the early 2020s.

The Block C radar is known to have a detection range of more than 800 kilometers, compared with the 600 km range of the Block B that the South Korean military possesses.

Also during the committee, government officials reported the results of their negotiations with the U.S. government over the purchase of Boeing's P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.

Seoul has been pushing to introduce an unspecified number of such naval aircraft between 2022 and 2023.

The P-8 Poseidon is based on the 737-800ERX short-to-medium-range airliner. It is capable of conducting various missions, including anti-surface, anti-submarine, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations.

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