S Korean army chief to visit Turkey, Saudi Arabia

After arriving in Turkey June 12, Army chief will meet with Turkish top military officials including Ilker Basbug, Turkey's land forces commander, according to the release.

S Korean army chief to visit Turkey, Saudi Arabia

The Korea Times reported South Korean Army Chief of Staff Gen. Lim Choung-bin will begin a weeklong trip to Saudi Arabia and Turkey today for talks on bilateral cooperation in the defense industry, the Army said Sunday.

This is the first visit by the South Korean top commander of ground troops to the Middle East since 2004, the Army said in a news release.

During his four-day stay in Saudi Arabia, Lim is scheduled to meet with the top brass of the Saudi Arabian military, including Saleh Bin Ali al-Muhaya, chief of the Saudi General Staff; Hussein Bin Abdullah Al-Qubail, commander of the Royal Saudi Arabia Land Forces; and Abdulaziz Al-Hussein, commander of the Air Defense Forces, it said.

After arriving in Turkey June 12, Lim will meet with Turkish top military officials including Ilker Basbug, Turkey's land forces commander, according to the release.

Turkey's military plans to present Lim with one of the Turkey's top military decorations, it said.

Lim will also meet with Turkish arms acquisition officials to promote exports of South Korea's advanced weapons systems, including the XK2 Black Panther main battle tank, an Army source said.

Ankara and Seoul are in negotiations over the sale of the amphibious XK2 tank, which carries an indigenous 120mm/55-caliber smoothbore gun and can reach a speed of 70 kilometers per hour on paved roads.

The report said "Turkey wants to seal a contract with South Korea for licenses to build the Black Panther tanks, developed by Seoul's Agency for Defense Development and 20 domestic defense firms led by Rotem, a unit of Hundai Motor".

South Korea exported its indigenous 155mm K-9 self-propelled howitzers to Turkey in 2001 under a licensing contract.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Haziran 2008, 08:19
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