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South Korea will purchase 40 combat aircraft from the US
South Korea has decided to purchase 40 F-35A aircraft from the US company Lockheed Martin for $ 7 billion, IA Ruskor reports.
This order will be the country's largest military procurement in order to counter the threats to North Korea, reports The Associated Press. South Korea agreed in principle on the purchase of aircraft in March and has since negotiated with Lockheed Martin on price, delivery technology and other issues. South Korea traditionally prefers to buy airplanes and other weapons from the United States, which contain about 28 500 soldiers in the country as a defense against possible North Korean aggression.
The procurement is aimed at replacing aging combat aircraft and increasing the combat readiness to attack nuclear and other strategic targets in North Korea in the event of war on the Korean peninsula. New aircraft will be delivered to South Korea in the period from 2018 to 2025 year, the representative of the joint bet on condition of anonymity said.
The F-35 program is the most expensive in the Pentagon and is estimated at $ 400 billion. Other international buyers include the United Kingdom, Israel, Italy, Australia, Canada, Turkey and Japan.