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  • SoKor to Deploy Russian Tanks

    By Ryu Jin
    Staff Reporter
    South Korea will deploy some of the latest types of Russian tanks and infantry combat vehicles near the heavily fortified border separating the two Koreas by the end of this year, military officials said on Tuesday.

    ``We’ve decided to deploy some thirty T-80U tanks and another thirty BMP-3 infantry combat vehicles in frontline units located in central and eastern sections of the border in Kangwon Province,’’ a Defense Ministry official said.

    They are part of the Russian weapons that Seoul purchased to offset some of the $1.47-billion loan, which was extended to the former Soviet Union in 1991.

    It is the first time that Russian-made military equipment will be adopted as a main weapon of the ROK Army, which is largely relying on U.S.-made weapons.

    The T-80U tanks and BMP-3 vehicles, which are two to three generations ahead of North Korea’s T-62 and BMP-1, are expected to help deter possible aggression by North Korean ground troops.

    The irony is, another official added, that North Korea would face the latest types of weapons which were made by its Cold War ally Russia and which it doesn’t possess.

    About 37,000 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea as a deterrent against North Korea’s 1.1 million-strong armed forces, most of which are arrayed in frontline areas.

    After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia took over its debts, but has since failed to repay them on time, allowing the amount to swell to more than $2.24 billion, including principal and interest. In August 1998, Moscow declared a moratorium on its external obligations at the height of its financial turmoil.

    As of June last year, Russia has only paid back $460 million in its debt service to Korea. The payment was mostly in the form of military equipment, including helicopters, and such raw materials as aluminum and uranium.


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  • #2
    Glad someone warned me. Im used to seeing ROK M-60's.
    Warsaw Pact armour clanking along in the middle of the night would have me scrambling for live ammo.
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    • #3
      Haha, I can just imagine the confusion that would cause...

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      • #4
        Already did. Noone else knew either.
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        • #5
          ROK Russian tanks

          Originally posted by SGT Long
          Already did. Noone else knew either.
          e-mailed ROK Ministry of National Defense, I'll post their response.
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          • #6
            Hmmm. This gives me some questions.

            1. What happened to the K-1s that the Koreans built for themselves?

            2. I read some time ago that the ROK Army was going to the AK74 or some version as their standard personal weapon. Have they done that yet? Are they going to?

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            • #7
              I've seen the ROKs using a rifle that looks to be a hybred of the M-16 and possibly the AK or even Galil. The closest I got to see this weapon was one hanging up in the War museum,Wish I had a picture.
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              • #8
                Re: ROK Russian tanks

                Originally posted by hogdriver
                e-mailed ROK Ministry of National Defense, I'll post their response.
                Anything yet? Curious minds want to know!
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