The Republic of Korea (RoK) is advancing efforts to introduce new long-range airborne sensor and electronic warfare (EW) capabilities.
Jane's understands from RoK military and foreign defence company sources that the Defense Agency for Technology and Quality (DTaQ) commenced detailed studies of the Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) requirement at the end of 2018.
The effort seeks to acquire between four and eight aircraft worth up to KRW2 trillion (USD1.7 billion), according to the Ministry of National Defense's (MND's) defence white paper for 2019-23, announced in January. The first aircraft is expected to be delivered in 2023 to facilitate wartime operational control transfer from the US military.
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