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.
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
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 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
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.
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.