Thales is a supplier of the Korean Defence Forces, with a major influence in the naval sensor and air defence domains.
Thales has been a supplier of equipment to the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) since the early 1990s. Radars, sonars and fire control systems have been supplied and are now being supported by Thales and its in-country partners. The ROKN is one of the most important customers of the Goalkeeper CIWS, with several systems in operation. The system automatically performs the entire process from surveillance and detection to destruction, including selection of the next priority target. Thales mine countermeasures sonars are the backbone of the ROKN’s MCM capability. Recently, Thales has been contracted to provide the Flash Sonics dipping sonar and sonobuoy solution for the AW159 ASW helicopters. Thales has also supplied IFF equipment and established a VLF Communications Station.
In air defence, Thales has been recognised as strategic partner in the domain with K-SAM which is derived from Crotale with technology transferred to Hanwha Systems. More than 100 K-SAM systems are in service within the ROK Army. Thales is also equipment supplier for K-MSAM Air Defence System.
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