SEOUL, October 14 (Hfrance. en) - South Korea will hold its biennial defense fair in Seoul next week, just days after North Korea opened a highly unusual military exhibition that analysts said could be in party destined to steal thunder in Seoul amid a growing arms race.
The events highlight the latest developments the two Koreas have does as they move forward with major expansions of already substantial military capabilities - sometimes including mirror image moves.
"Korea du Nord must have deliberately scheduled its defense exhibit this week to win thepulling the international community ahead of South Korea's planned show to sell its weapons systems overseas, "said Cho Jin-soo, former chairman of the Korea Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences. "They are superimposed in the South to sell arms and deliver a message of 'do not forget me. '
Salon international de Seoul Aerospace and Defense (ADEX) has taken place every two years since 2009, unlike North Korea, which was not announced in advance.
"There However, it is likely that a number of considerations led to this event, including the fact that they seem to be preparing for a new period of tension and increased confrontations, "said Joost Oliemans, a North Korean Military Capabilities specialist.
In an opening speech for the exhibition on Monday , leader KimJong Un highlighted South Korea's military build-up as one of the justifications for the North's military, and reiterated complaints that North Korea's defense developments are being treated differently from those in North Korea. 'other countries.
A TALE OF T WO ARMS FAIRS
Although superficially similar and obviously timed, the two events are quite different ent, and the two Koreas do not compete for the same clients.
Sanctioned for its nuclear program and with s closed to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak, North Korea's event was visited by officials from across the country, according to state media, but not large international delegations.
In recent years, a United Nations group of experts monitoring international sanctions has accused North Korea to continue to export arms and conduct military cooperation with countries such as Syria and Myanmar.
Adorned with paintings and In other footage of Kim, the North Korean show is also as much about the idolatry of the leader of the country as it is about the display of new weapons, said Rachel Minyoung Lee, analyst at Project 38 North, who tracks the North Korea.
South Korea, meanwhile, says ADEX will include 440 companies from 28 countries. About 300 military and defense officials from 45 countries, including defense ministers, are expected, organizers said.
The screens should include the South Korea 'the latest defense technology, including hydrogen drones, virtual reality-based training systems, laser weapons, and multi-purpose unmanned vehicles.
Other more civilian-oriented displays will feature the "urban air mobility " "for air taxis and satellite launch rockets, the expert said.
Kang Eun-ho South Korea's Minister of Defense Procurement Administration (DAPA) declined to comment on any potential deal pending during ADEX, but told reporters on Thursday that he hoped the The show would provide the opportunity to "read the arc and trend " of global defense developments.
PROGRAMMY GROWING WEAPONS
Kallman Worldwide, a company that organizes the American presence at aerospace and defense shows around the world, North Korea's "nuclear saber rattle " as well as efforts to defuse these tensions through diplomacy have made ADEX "a unique setting with added urgency and intrigue.
"With the discussion, defense budget increases aimed largely at countering Kim Jong Un's nuclear programs are attracting interest from suppliers for the show "the company said in a pitch for ADEX on its website.
South Korea agreed to significant increases in its defense budget in recent years, aimed at countering the North and weaning itself from America support while developing its military export industry.
The Department of National Defense has proposed a defense budget of 55.23 trillion won ($ 47.6 billion) for 2022, one-year increase of 4.5% in a year.
North Korea 's decision to hold its exhibition - with data sheets for each weapon - was "very rare "for a country that more generally shows its arsenal in parades, said Joseph Dempsey, defense researcher at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Among the potential new weapons were a ballistic missile with a seemingly maneuverable reentry vehicle, which would allow the warhead to point towards its target; and a never-before-seen missile displayed alongside the Northern Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBMs).
The mysterious missile is smaller than existing SLBMs , potentially presenting an easier route to an opration al the guided-missile submarine, which South Korea recently demonstrated with an SLBM launch, Dempsey said.
Asked about the spectacle of the North Korea, South Defense Ministry said it is evaluating exhibited weapons in coordination with the United States.
A large number Conventional weapons were also on display, including anti-ship weapons, anti-tank and surface-to-air missiles, drones and new small arms such as sniper rifles, Oliemans said.
"What we 'The vision is a mixture of newly developed systems and prototypical designs " he said. Reporting by Josh Smith; Additional reporting by Sangmi Cha. Edited by Gerry Doyle
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