Posted by: mulrickillion | December 30, 2011

South Korea boosts ISR capabilities with Dassault Falcons

By Guy Anderson, Jane’s Defence News, 12/29/2011 —

South Korea is to augment its airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities with the purchase of two Dassault Falcon 2000 reconnaissance aircraft.

The acquisition was announced by the country’s Defence Acquisition and Programme Administration (DAPA) on 26 December and was relayed by local news sources.

The DAPA statement suggested that the aircraft will enter service around 2017 and will replace a number of South Korea’s ageing RC-800 assets.

The value of the DAPA procurement was not disclosed, although the basic value of the Falcon 2000 in conventional configuration is approximately USD32 million per unit.

Seoul’s acquisition of the Falcon aircraft is consistent with ongoing efforts to reduce long-standing dependence on US-controlled assets for signals and image intelligence (SIGINT/IMINT). . . .

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