South Korean and U.S. military agree to deepen cooperation in logistics area

Mr. Lee Sun-cheol, Director of the MND Military Power Resources Management Office, discussed various plans to increase logistics cooperation between South Korea and the United States on April 6 with Gen. Ann D. Dunwoody, Commander of the U.S. Army Material Command, who had visited here on April 6.

Mr. Lee Sun-cheol, Director of the MND Military Power Resources Management Office, and Gen. Ann D. Dunwoody, Commander of the U.S. Army Material Command, shakes hands on April 6. The two discussed ways to enhance the South Korea-U.S. military logistics cooperation. By Kim Tae-hyeong
Source: MND, Republic of Korea

„As a part of the preparations to protect the Korean peninsula in emergency, the two countries‘ bilateral logistics cooperation is very important,“ Lee said.

Gen. Dunwoody responded heartily, saying, „The Korean Peninsula is my preferential area of interests in military logistics,“ and went on to say that the U.S. would continue to further strengthen a cooperative system between the two.

Both of them exchanged their mutual concerns about the two countries‘ pending issues on the broad field of military logistics including ways to aid S. Korea with American military equipment and munitions.

The two sides reached a consensus in the talks that it is important to strengthen their cooperation in order to enhance logistics readiness around the Korean Peninsular. In addition, the two agreed to increase cooperation on military logistics through regular exchanges.

Born in 1953, General Ann E. Dunwoody graduated from the State University of New York College at Cortland in 1975 and was commissioned the U.S. Army Second Lieutenant in 1975.

She became the first woman in U.S. military and uniformed service history to achieve a four-star officer grade, receiving her fourth star in 2008.

Ministry of National Defense[MND], Republic of Korea

Korea – Sohn Wonyil Class Pilot Training Equipment Developed with Domestic Technology The pilot training equipment for the top-of-the-line 1,800-ton Sohn Wonyil-class submarine crew to further improve their piloting capability was developed with domestic technology. This will lead the Navy to expect to further strengthen its submarine warfare capabilities.

Source: MND, Republic of Korea

“After more than four years of hard work, we had developed with domestic technology the pilot training equipment for the Sohn Wonyil class submarine such as the hardware and software for the submarine and delivered them to the Navy,” said the state-run Defense Acquisition Program Administration on April 9.

The development of the pilot training equipment for submarines requires a high level of technical skills, because the operational environment in which the equipment is used must be the same as that of actual warfare.

For this reason, technologically advanced countries either refused to transfer the development technology to us or demanded heavy royalties of technology transfer.

As a result of this, for example, most of the countries that purchased German submarines have operated German-manufactured training equipment.

In that sense, this newly equipment means so much to us in that the equipment has been developed for the Navy to be able to conduct exercises when it is impossible to do on a real submarine or to improve its capability to take emergency action as well as to pilot submarines.

We expect that this development will cause various benefits. For example, it makes a level of safety higher because we can carry out the exercise on land rather than in the water.

In addition, we can reduce operating costs for submarines by $4.5 billion and export the equipment.

Since 2004 when the Navy built a drill field in which various exercises are conducted in a real warfare environment made by computer graphics and simulations, it has developed the ability to pilot submarines in any weather.

It also currently constructs a comprehensive maritime training center, scheduled to be completed next year within the Second Fleet site in Pyeongtaek, to enhance its anti-submarine operations capabilities.

The training center comprises an anti-submarine operations exercise section and a submarine piloting skills one. The anti-submarine training section was designed to further boost the ability to locate and identify submarines and to operate anti-submarine weapons.

The other training center is aimed at reinforcing the piloting skills to overcome the complicated waterways and bad weather conditions of the West Sea.

Ministry of National Defense[MND], Republic of Korea