South Korea Military Power 2020-2021

World ranking: 4 

Overview

Through necessity, South Korea has become a military powerhouse. Despite having a population of only 51 million it maintain's one of the largest standing army's on the planet. Its high budget and aid from the US ensures that it remains a formidable foe to the threat to the north.

Capital: Seoul 

Population: 51.54 million

Defence Budget: 42 billion

Total Personnel: 3,680,000

land forces

Although geographically small, South Korea has a very large and modern ground force. Many of its  vehicles are both domestically made and highly advanced. The large amount of artillery in South Korea's arsenal deters China and North Korea from attempting an incursion into the south in the case of a war.

Tanks: 2,614

AFV: 14,000

MLRS: 575

SPG: 3,040

Air force

The South Korean Air Force is well equipped with its assortment of multirole jets. It's highly capable F-16s and F-15Ks are being supplemented with F-35s, meaning that South Korea will have US Air Force capabilities right on the doorstep of China. South Korea's highly trained pilots combined with its fleet of advanced aircraft make it a force to be reckoned with.

Fighters: 414

Attack: 71

Armed UAVs: 0

Attack Helicopters: 112

Helicopters: 803

Other: 361

Navy

Just like the other branches, South Korea's Navy does not disappoint. With ships like the KDX-III destroyers and the Dokdo-class LPHs, the South Korean navy packs a formidable punch.

Total Vessels: 233

Carriers and LHDs: 2

Destroyers: 12

Frigates: 18

Corvettes: 12

Submarines: 22

Strong points

  • Technology 

  • Quality throughout all areas

  • Numbers

  • Defence industry excels in certain areas

  • Training is great

weak points

  • Although the troop nuumbers are high, South Korea's overall population is low 

  • It is on a small and exposed peninsula

Statistics

Manpower

3,680,000

Tanks

2,614

AFV

14,000

MLRS

575

SPG

3,040

Fighters

414

Attack 

71

UCAV

0

Attack helis

112

Helicopters

803

Other

361

Total vessels

233

Carriers & LHDs

2

Destroyers

12

Frigates

18

Corvettes

12

Submarines

22