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South Korean Armed Forces begins to work on light aircraft carrier

South Korean Armed Forces begins to work on light aircraft carrier

To improve its defense capability, the South Korean Armed Forces agreed to begin the project to acquire a light aircraft carrier.

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On 30 December, the details for the LPX-II light aircraft carrier were finalized and the appropriate budget was officially reflected in the Mid-Term Defense Plan 2020-2024.

South Korea has allocated 100 million won for research on the light aircraft carrier project out of the 52.8 trillion won defense budget for next year.

LPX-II will prioritize the service of aircraft over the amphibious operation and will not have a deck well. It won't have ski-jump as well, because it's going to have two islands. The F-35B Lightning II will be the main aircraft, and its sensor and weapon suite will be all indigenous.

In terms of international partners, the government and corporations of the US & UK are said to be involved. As part of the F-35B purchase, the U.S. will pass technology for a strengthened deck, while the UK has given technical and doctrinal advice.

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