Friday, January 21, 2011

S. Korea, Russia In Arms Technology Transfer Talks

South Korea has been negotiating with Russia to receive advanced defense technology as part of debt repayments, officials said Jan. 18.

Russia has so far provided South Korea with weapons worth $740 million as a way of repaying about $1.3 billion in debts dating back to the days of the Soviet Union.

Seoul is now in talks on the transfer of cutting-edge technology from Moscow, the South's Defence Acquisition Programme Administration said.

"We have yet to complete negotiations with Russia," a spokesman for the state agency controlled by the defense ministry told AFP, without giving details.

Yonhap news agency quoted a military source as saying the Russian technologies include long-range radar and a defense system against an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack.

North Korea is thought to have been developing an EMP system that could disrupt South Korean military communications and radar, it said.

Since the 1950-53 Korean War, South Korea has been heavily dependent on U.S. technology for its arms acquisitions.

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