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Republic of Korea Army Equipment

Modernization

System Source Inventory
1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 2013 2015 2020 2025 2030
Personnel (In Thousands) 650 520 560 560 560 522 422 450 450 370
Active 650 520 560 560 560 522 422 450 450 370
Reserve -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Armor 1,658 2,108 2,151 2,501 2,771 2,771 2,871 2,757 1,864 1,864
Medium / Main Battle Tanks 1,600 2,050 2,093 2,443 2,713 2,713 2,813 2,757 1,864 1,864
125mm T-80U RU -- -- 43 43 43 43 43 43 -- --
120mm K-2 Black Panther ROK -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 380 380 380
120mm K-1A1 ROK -- -- -- 150 420 484 484 484 484 484
105mm K-1 ROK / US 250 800 800 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000
105mm M48A5K US 650 597 597 597 597 597 597 597 -- --
90mm M48A3K US 300 253 253 253 253 253 253 253 -- --
90mm M471 US 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 -- -- --
Light Tanks ( > 21 tons) 58 58 58 58 58 58 58 .. .. ..
90mm M362 US 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 -- -- --
76mm M182 US 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 -- -- --
Infantry Fighting Vehicles - - 67 67 ~77 ~125 ~466 466 466 466
100mm BMP-3 RU -- -- 67 67 67 -- -- -- -- --
40mm K-21 NIFV ROK -- -- -- -- ~10 ~125 ~466 466 466 466
Armored Personnel Carriers 1,520 2,460 2,460 2,460 2,760 2,760 3,360 3,200 3,500 3,500
Tracked 1,120 2,260 2,260 2,260 2,560 2,560 2,560 2,000 1,300 1,300
Various KAFV ROK -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
12.7mm K-200 KIFV3 ROK 530 1,700 1,700 1,700 1,700 1,700 1,700 1,700 1,000 1,000
12.7mm M113A13 US 590 560 560 560 560 560 560 -- -- --
?mm K-53X3 SWE / ROK -- -- -- -- 300 300 300 300 300 300
Wheeled 400 200 200 200 200 200 800 1,200 1,200 2,200?
?mm WAV Country -- -- -- -- -- -- 600 1,000 1,000 2,000?
12.7mm KM-900 / KM-9013 ITA / ROK 400 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200
Artillery, Self-Propelled 382 1,000 1,263 ~1,139 ~1,139 ~1,139 ~1,213 1,199 1,199 1,199
203mm M110 / A2 US 110 123 123 13 13 13 13 13 13 13
175mm M107 US 100 100 100 50 50 50 50 50 50 50
155mm K-9 Thunder ROK -- -- -- ~36 ~36 ~300 ~650 1,136 1,136 1,136
155mm K-55 / KM-109A2 US / ROK 272 777 1,040 1,040 1,040 1,040 500 -- -- --
Artillery, Towed ~4,000 ~3,500 ~3,500 3,500+ 3,500+ 3,500+ 3,500+ 3,500+ 3,500+ 3,500+
203mm M115 US + + + + + + + + + +
155mm KH-179 US / ROK + + + + + + + + + +
155mm M114A1 US + + + + + + + + + +
155mm M53 US + + + -- -- -- -- -- -- --
105mm KH-178 US / ROK + + + + + + + + + +
105mm M101A1 US + + + + + + + + + +
Artillery, Rocket 152 156 185 185 185 185 195 102 129 179
762mm Honest John US 12 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
227mm M270 (w/ ATACMS) US -- -- 29 29 29 29 29 29 29 29
???mm K-X New MLRS ROK -- -- -- -- -- -- 10 73 100 150
130mm K-136 Kooryong ROK 140 156 156 156 156 156 156 -- -- --
70mm 70mm MRL ROK -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Artillery, Anti-Aircraft5 200 200 200 220 220 220 220 220 220 220
40mm L/60 / L/70 / M1 US 80 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
35mm GDF-003 SWI 20 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
30mm K-30 Biho ROK -- -- -- 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
20mm K-263 US / ROK 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200
Robotics - - - - - - - - - -
5.56mm SGR-A1 ROK -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Recoilless + + + + + + + + + +
106mm M40A2 US + + + + + + + + + +
90mm M67 US + + + + + + + + + +
75mm M20 US + + + + + + + + + +
57mm M18 US + + + + + + + + + +
Anti-Tank Missiles + + + + + + + + + +
Spike NLOS ISR -- -- -- -- -- +? + + + +
AT-13 Metis-M RU -- -- + + + + + + + +
BGM-71 TOW4 US + + + + + + + + + +
Anti-Aircraft Missiles5 603 343+ 343+ 343+ 343+ 343+ 343+ 263+ 263+ 263+
MIM-14 Nike Hercules US 200 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
MIM-23B I-HAWK US 110 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
KP-SAM Shingung ROK -- -- -- + + + + + + +
FIM-92A Stinger US 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133
SA-16 Gimlet RU -- + + + + + + + + +
Mistral FRA -- 50 130 130 130 130 130 130 130 30
Javelin UK / ROK 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 -- -- --
FIM-43 Redeye US 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 -- -- --
SSM - 12 12 12 12 12 12 12+ + +
Hyunmoo III ROK -- -- -- -- -- -- -- + + +
NHK-1/-2 Hyunmoo I / II ROK -- 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 -- --

Notes

    1 - These vehicles were reported to have been in storage by 2010.

    2 - These vehicles are generally referred to as tank destroyers, but are broadly similar in design to tanks and are classified here as such.

    3 - This total may include some number of subvariants, including mortar carriers, command post vehicles, and others.

    4 - This may include some number of self-propelled launchers.

    5 - The ROK Army turned over the Air Defense mission to the ROK Air Force in 1991.




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