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DAPA Approves Projects to Purchase F-35A Fighters, SM-6 Interceptors

Written: 2023-03-13 18:31:42Updated: 2023-03-13 18:34:02

DAPA Approves Projects to Purchase F-35A Fighters, SM-6 Interceptors

The government plans to purchase and develop interceptors to counter North Korea's evolving missile threats. 

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration(DAPA) said on Monday that its defense project promotion committee held a meeting and approved five major defense projects.

The projects include a plan to buy shipborne Standard Missile-6(SM6) interceptors from the United States for South Korean Navy's KDX-III Aegis destroyers. 

The DAPA committee approved 770 billion won for the procurement project that will run from this year through 2031. 

The agency also approved a project to purchase an additional batch of F-35A stealth fighters. 

The three-point-75 trillion won project will buy some 20 more F-35A fighters by 2028, increasing the number of the stealth fighters operated by the South Korean Air Force to over 60.

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