S, Korea to purchase 'billions of dollars' worth of U.S. military equipment

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According to President Trump, South Korea will be purchasing billions of dollars worth of state-of-the-art military hardware.
That's seen as one way, from his point of view, of balancing out the two countries' trade.
Our Kim Hyun-bin explains what South Korea's might be buying.
" South Korea will be ordering billions of dollars of that equipment, which, frankly, for them makes a lot of sense."

After the joint press conference on Tuesday, all eyes are on what kind of equipment Seoul is planning to buy.
The South Korean president offered a hint.

"Seoul and Washington are starting talks to bring in state-of-the-art surveillance equipment and strategic assets to the Peninsula."

On that shopping list is likely to be Northrop Grumman's Joint Stars surveillance aircraft.
The Joint Stars can fly at an altitude of ten kilometers for maximum of ten hours. It has a state-of-the-art radar system that can surveil 600 targets at once from 250 kilometers away.
Experts believe that to cover the Peninsula, South Korea needs to acquire four to six units... with each unit costing roughly 366 million dollars.
Also on the list are said to be 20 additional F-35A fighter jets, which will cost roughly 3-point-6 billion dollars in total.
Seoul has already bought 40 F-35As, enough for two squadrons,... scheduled to be in service in the South Korean Air Force by 2021.
An Air Force official says that to better counter North Korea's threats at least three squadrons are needed, meaning another 20 planes.
Another possible candidate for these "billions of dollars" in arms purchases... is a nuclear powered submarine.
South Korea's presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae said on Tuesday that the two leaders also agreed to look into Seoul acquiring its own nuclear powered submarines, but whether Washington plans to sell the subs or co-develop such assets with Seoul has not yet been revealed.
Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News

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