Blatantly competing with China for business!South Korea won the arms export big single, military strength is really so strong?
With the frequent conflicts in many regions of the world and the outbreak of military conflicts between many countries, many places have appeared a situation similar to arms race.Because of this, the international military trade market has been booming in recent years.In this context, China’s foreign trade weapons with excellent cost performance and rapid technological progress have won many large orders in recent years.However, it is worth noting that Korea and Turkey’s equipment export growth rate is also very fast, especially South Korea, in part of the field of weapons and equipment even vaguely “catch up with China” momentum.It is not hard to see that some weapons and equipment exported by South Korea have won the market of many developing countries and launched an impact on many developed countries.The K-9 self-propelled artillery, for example, has won orders from Turkey, India and Australia.Anti-aircraft missiles and F/A-50 fighter/trainer aircraft won orders from the wealthy United Arab Emirates.And providing corvettes to the Philippines;Export conventional submarine and amphibious warship technology to Indonesia…And so on.Considering that South Korea is not highly independent in military technology, it is not natural to see a boom in arms exports.To be sure, South Korea does have a good degree of industrialization and some high-tech industries, but when it comes to cutting-edge military industry, the country is far from advanced.In order to have the so-called “independent capability of military industry”, South Korea began to introduce a large number of sophisticated technologies and production lines from European and American countries since the 1980s, such as f-16 fighter jets assembled in South Korea;The K-1 tank developed on the basis of the US-made M-1 main battle tank;And the K-9 self-propelled artillery launched with the support of European military technology.To be fair, the technical indicators of these weapons and equipment are not low, but the fundamental reason is not Korea’s own technological strength, but the design and system of European and American countries are really advanced.The military-industrial route is more like branded computers, for example, where components are bought from outside and then assembled and shipped by the manufacturer.Although the brand bears the logo of the assembly company, the real core technology is in the hands of the manufacturer who makes the components.In other words, while south Korean military enterprises open the arms market by using the cutting-edge technologies of European and American countries, they also become secondary sellers to a large extent. A considerable part of the profits gained by South Korea need to be handed over to European and American manufacturers with core technologies.In addition, sometimes under the opposition of western manufacturers, South Korea has to give up some foreign military sales orders. For example, some countries with close relations with Russia cannot buy south Korean arms. It is not because south Koreans do not want to sell, but because the West will not allow it.From this point of view, South Korea’s arms export behavior has great limitations.Therefore, today’s South Korea seems to be “thriving” in the international military trade market, and can even compete with China for cake, but it still cannot solve the problems of “lack of core technology” and “being controlled by others in sales”.A business without core competitiveness, in the long run, it is impossible to really beat China’s military industry.