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Republic of Korea

Lockheed Martin Korea is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, a global leader specializing in innovative solutions for complex problems and environments. Located in Korea for more than 30 years, our expertise has taken the form of systems integration and major defense and civil programs to address national priorities, including a strong Korean national defense system, modernized air traffic control systems and new space and telecommunications opportunities. Lockheed Martin Korea is partnered with the Republic of Korea military and Korean industry to meet the country’s mission-critical requirements through programs such as the F-35 Lightning II, F-16 Fighting Falcon, T-50 Golden Eagle and FPS 117.

Lockheed Martin and Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) have co-produced the F-16 for more than 20 years. We also partnered with Samsung Data Systems to modernize Korea’s air traffic management system with the Korean Area Control Center (kAA) system and, through a partnership with Korea Telecom, successfully produced several communication satellites. Lockheed Martin is particularly proud of its partnership with Korean Aerospace Industries in the development of the T-50 Golden Eagle.

Lockheed Martin highly values its long-standing relationship with the Republic of Korea and Korean industry partners.

Programs and Capabilities for the Republic of Korea

F-35 Lightning II

The Republic of Korea formally selected the F-35A Lightning II as their fighter of choice on March 24, 2014, following a three-plus year competition known as FX-III. In September 2014, the official Letter of Acceptance was signed, approving the purchase of 40 F-35As for the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF). Initial deliveries are included in Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot 10 and are on plan for delivery in 2018, with ROKAF pilot training starting that year at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.

T-50 Golden Eagle/T-50A for Advanced Pilot Training

The T-50 program is a joint development between Lockheed Martin and Korea Aerospace Industries established to provide advanced pilot training for the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF). More than 100  T-50 Golden Eagle aircraft have been delivered to the ROKAF and there are more than 150 T-50s flying around the world with the ROKAF and other customers. A second T-50 variant, the FA-50 light combat aircraft, is also in production. Lockheed Martin and KAI are partnering again to offer the T-50A for the United States Air Force Advanced Pilot Training/T-X competition. Proposals were submitted in late March. A decision is expected in 2018.

F-16 Fighting Falcon

The Republic of Korea is a longtime F-16 customer and partner and Lockheed Martin remains committed to supporting the ROKAF’s KF-16 fleet. Lockheed Martin was  awarded a contract in late 2016 to upgrade 134 ROKAF F-16s, based on Lockheed Martin’s advanced F-16V configuration.  

S-92 South Korea Coast Guard

The South Korea Coast Guard operates two S-92® helicopter for critical life-saving missions.  To date, the Korea Coast Guard has flown about 1,000 hours, saving more than 30 lives utilizing the S-92 helicopter for search and rescue and emergency medical transport missions. For their lifesaving achievements, Sikorsky presented the Winged-S Rescue award to members of the South Korea Coast Guard in March 2017.

Black Hawk

The Black Hawk provides combat assault and utility helicopter for missions such as troop transport and combat assault, medical evacuation, humanitarian relief, search and rescue, and close air support of ground troops. The UH-60P Black Hawk – which is based on the UH-60L with some modifications – is the variant for the South Korea Army. Around 150 were produced under license by Korean Air.

KDX-III Aegis Destroyer

Aegis will join the next three KDX-III Sejong the Great Class destroyers, a multi-purpose destroyer with air and land defense and anti-submarine capabilities. Aegis is aboard three KDX-III destroyers: RoK Sejong the Great, RoK Yulgok Yi I and RoK Seoae Ryu Sungryong, which are the largest surface warfare ships to carry Aegis. The Republic of Korea joined the international Aegis fleet in 2008, when the navy commissioned the first ship of the class, Sejong the Great.


The Republic of Korea Air Force is upgrading their Patriot missile system to the more advanced PAC-3 missile interceptor, allowing ROKAF to defend against ballistic missiles carrying weapons of mass destruction using Hit-to-Kill technology. The Republic of Korea signed a Letter of Acceptance on March 13, 2015.  


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Lockheed Martin's Republic of Korea Science, Technology and Research (RoKST&R) program is a research and development organization through which Lockheed Martin offers both funding and mentoring to Korean universities and research institutions that are developing advanced technologies in line with Lockheed Martin’s core capabilities, including the following areas of interest:

Autonomy and Robotics

  • Multiple unmanned vehicle command and control
  • Dynamic mission/route planning
  • Human-machine concurrent learning and Human-machine modeling, simulation and assessment

Signal Processing and Communications

  • Near real-time understanding and identification of electromagnetic spectrum
  • Cross platform coordination in stressful information environment

Data Analytics

  • Efficient methods for large and high-velocity data set computation
  • Data conditioning techniques using novel algorithms
  • Cognitive computing and deep learning methods

Through the program, Lockheed Martin is developing partnerships with world-class Korean universities and industry to develop unique and rewarding combinations of invention, innovation, engineering and systems integration to bear on problems of national importance

Lockheed Martin, along with a panel of industry peers and local university faculty and staff, announced the 2017 call for abstracts to the larger community of universities and research institutions in Korea to invest in research projects through the RoKST&R program. Winning proposal teams will be mentored throughout the duration of the project and receive monetary funding from Lockheed Martin to support research.

General Guidelines for Abstract Submissions

To submit an abstract, or to learn more about the program and application process, please contact Dr. Kyung Kyu Kim or Mr. Myung Chan Lee  by emailing