Korea – Army and Air Force sign agreement to „reinforce interoperability“

Amid the fact that strengthening interoperability is the most talked about in the military, the Third Army Corps Command and the Air Force Operations Command struck hands on Mar. 22 to consolidate the two forces‘ jointness.

Gen. Lee Hong-ki, left, Commander of the Third Army Corps, and Gen. Park Shin-kyu, Commander of the Air Force Operations Command, pose for a photo shortly after signing an agreement to strengthen interoperability between the two forces. Provided by the unit
Source: MND, Republic of Korea

Made through a three-month working-level collaboration and preparations, the agreement included many things such as regular exchange visits between the two countries‘ commanding officers, prior exchange of key agendas, cooperation to plan and conduct joint operations, and participation in major military exercises.

In addition, the two sides agreed to support joint operation-related education for managing officers, to pay exchange visits to units similar in function, and to select the personnel for their distinguished service in joint operations and confer a reward to them.

This agreement meant the implementation of the Defense Ministry’s policy to reinforce jointness and was made to further expand the existing cooperation between the two forces and to generate a synergy effect on strengthening interoperability and on using combat power.

„The agreement between the Third Corps as a core unit to defend the capital area and the Air Operations Command will be the touchstone to strengthen jointness as well as improve joint operations capabilities,“ a Third Corps official expected.

Ministry of National Defense[MND], Republic of Korea