13 Sep '18, 10pm

U.S. Sending Billions Worth of Spy Planes To Asian Allies

U.S. Sending Billions Worth of Spy Planes To Asian Allies

WASHINGTON: The State Department has approved the $2.6 billion sale of six P-8A Poseidon maritime reconnaissance aircraft and 64 Patriot anti-ballistic missile weapons to South Korea. It’s another sign that U.S. allies are stocking up on American military tech to counter China , while hedging against North Korea . The Boeing-made Poseidon, used primarily for hunting submarines and flying reconnaissance missions over large swaths of ocean, will give the South Korean military a new capability in tracking North Korean submarines, which have harassed shipping in the region. In 2010, a suspected North Korean midget submarine sunk the Cheonan , a South Korean corvette, killing 46 seamen. Navy E-2D Advanced Hawkeye China has been busy deploying increasingly advanced submarines, some of which have deployed as far as the Indian Ocean in recent years. The “modernization of China’s s...

Full article: https://breakingdefense.com/2018/09/u-s-sending-billions-...

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