Republic of Korea

Lockheed Martin has been a trusted partner to the Republic of South Korea for more than 30 years. Lockheed Martin Korea – our location in-country – is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Our expertise has helped the Republic of Korea with integration for major defense and civil programs to address national priorities, including: stronger Korean national defenses, modernized air traffic control and new space and telecommunications opportunities.

We work closely with the Republic of Korea military and Korean industry to meet the country’s mission-critical requirements through the wide array of programs you see below.

Industrial Partnership

Lockheed Martin highly values its long-standing relationship with the Republic of Korea and Korean industry partners. Just a few examples of this partnership include:

  • Lockheed Martin and Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) have co-produced the F-16 for more than 20 years – as well as the T-50 Golden Eagle.
  • We’ve partnered with Samsung Data Systems to modernize Korea’s air traffic management system with the Korean Area Control Center (kAA).
  • Through a partnership with Korea Telecom, we’ve also successfully produced several communication satellites.

Programs and Capabilities

F-35 Lightning II

The Republic of Korea formally selected the F-35A Lightning II as their fighter of choice on March 24, 2014, following a three-plus year competition known as FX-III. In September 2014, the official Letter of Acceptance was signed, approving the purchase of 40 F-35As for the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF). Initial deliveries are included in Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot 10 and are on plan for delivery in 2018, with ROKAF pilot training starting that year at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.

T-50 Golden Eagle

The T-50 program is a joint development between Lockheed Martin and Korea Aerospace Industries established to provide advanced pilot training for the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF). More than 100  T-50 Golden Eagle aircraft have been delivered to the ROKAF and there are more than 150 T-50s flying around the world with the ROKAF and other customers. A second T-50 variant, the FA-50 light combat aircraft, is also in production.

F-16 Fighting Falcon

The Republic of Korea is a longtime F-16 customer and partner and Lockheed Martin remains committed to supporting the ROKAF’s KF-16 fleet. Lockheed Martin was  awarded a contract in late 2016 to upgrade 134 ROKAF F-16s, based on Lockheed Martin’s advanced F-16V configuration.  

MH-60R

The MH-60R is the most capable and proven multi-mission maritime helicopter operating in the world today. Its fully integrated mission sensors prioritize information into actionable knowledge. This enables aircrews and commanders to make the best tactical decisions in today’s fast-moving, complex warfare environment: keeping the Republic of Korea safe now and far into the future.

S-92 South Korea Coast Guard

The South Korea Coast Guard operates two S-92® helicopter for critical life-saving missions.  To date, the Korea Coast Guard has flown about 1,000 hours, saving more than 30 lives utilizing the S-92 helicopter for search and rescue and emergency medical transport missions. For their lifesaving achievements, Sikorsky presented the Winged-S Rescue award to members of the South Korea Coast Guard in March 2017.

Black Hawk

The Black Hawk provides combat assault and utility helicopter for missions such as troop transport and combat assault, medical evacuation, humanitarian relief, search and rescue, and close air support of ground troops. The UH-60P Black Hawk – which is based on the UH-60L with some modifications – is the variant for the South Korea Army. Around 150 were produced under license by Korean Air.

KDX-III Aegis Destroyer

Aegis will join the next three KDX-III Sejong the Great Class destroyers, a multi-purpose destroyer with air and land defense and anti-submarine capabilities. Aegis is aboard three KDX-III destroyers: RoK Sejong the Great, RoK Yulgok Yi I and RoK Seoae Ryu Sungryong, which are the largest surface warfare ships to carry Aegis. The Republic of Korea joined the international Aegis fleet in 2008, when the navy commissioned the first ship of the class, Sejong the Great.

PAC-3

The Republic of Korea Air Force is upgrading their Patriot missile system to the more advanced PAC-3 missile interceptor, allowing ROKAF to defend against ballistic missiles carrying weapons of mass destruction using Hit-to-Kill technology. The Republic of Korea signed a Letter of Acceptance on March 13, 2015.