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Korea looking to buy Vipers, Apache Longbows

According to several Korean news sources and this English-language site, Korea may be looking to buy some American helicopter gunships.

In particular, it’s looking to get its hands on some Apache Longbows:

Further, the DSCA notified Congress September 21 of a possible FMS to the Government of Korea for 36 AH-64D APACHE Longbow Block III Attack Helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $3.6 billion.

The Koreans are looking to use the Apaches to fuck shit up “more effectively secure its borders and littoral waters, as well as conduct counter-terrorism/counter-piracy operations.”

According to Yonhap, the Koreans may not actually buy any of the gunships—the Korean military plans to choose either the Viper, the Apache or the Turkish T-129.

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  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    Vipers? I believe the AH-1Z is called the Zulu.

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    Vipers would be F-16s and I think Korea is getting those upgraded by BAE Systems.

  • Arghaeri

    Its called Viper on Wiki?

  • http://rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler
  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    It’s also called “Zulu Cobra.”

    So, it’s both. Okay, got it.

  • Wedge

    They’ve been talking about buying Apaches since the early 90s. I’ll believe it when the first one is delivered. This might make Guinness for “world’s longest sales cycle.”

  • nospam

    If the ROKs are shopping for ground attack aircraft, they need to look at fixed wing and helos. Both have their role. I’d choose Longbows and the upgraded A-10.

    http://tonyrogers.com/weapons/a10_new.htm

    The A-10 is ugly but effective. Even though the ROK Air Force doesn’t want to fly it cause it ain’t sexy, I bet the ROK Marines would gladly fly it. And for the ROK Navy, the A-10′s 30mm gun would swiss-cheese the NORK’s light weight navy.

  • R. Elgin

    I agree about the A10. It is a one-man house party from hell and not too expensive.

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    Well, Korea’s been talking about buying 36 used (but reconditioned or “preowned,” I believe the expression is at car dealerships) AH-64 Apache Longbows since 2008!

    Wedge, I think the Koreans have just been holding off on this so they can negotiate a better price. The more options they mull through, the more they will realize that the Longbow is the best option for them. I think the Americans know that. Both sides are being patient.

    As for discussion on the A-10, I agree too. Instead of rewriting what I wrote before:

    http://www.rjkoehler.com/2008/07/31/rok-working-towards-yet-another-indigenous-weapons-system/#comment-177536

    http://www.rjkoehler.com/2008/07/31/rok-working-towards-yet-another-indigenous-weapons-system/#comment-177599