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AUKUS and South Korea: Expanding Defense Collaboration



  May 02, 2024

AUKUS and South Korea: Expanding Defense Collaboration




AUKUS is a trilateral security pact established in 2021 between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The agreement focuses on enhanced cooperation in defense and security technologies, aiming to strengthen military capabilities in the Indo-Pacific region.

Key Components of AUKUS:

• Pillar One: Submarine Capability Enhancement

The first pillar of AUKUS is primarily about providing Australia with nuclear-powered attack submarines. This initiative aims to augment Australia’s naval capabilities, leveraging nuclear propulsion technology that offers stealth, endurance, and power capabilities superior to conventional submarines.

• Pillar Two: Advanced Defense Technologies

The second pillar involves collaboration on developing cutting-edge warfighting technologies. This includes artificial intelligence, undersea drones, and hypersonic missiles. The focus is on integrating high-tech solutions to modernize military assets and enhance operational capabilities.

Expanding Collaboration:

Recent developments indicate that South Korea is in discussions to join the second pillar of AUKUS. This pillar, which focuses on advanced technologies such as hypersonic weapons and drones, aligns with South Korea’s strengths in technology and defense. South Korea’s potential involvement would mark a significant expansion of the AUKUS framework, highlighting its growing importance in regional security dynamics.

South Korea’s Defense Minister emphasized the country’s interest in joining this part of the pact during discussions with Australian and South Korean defense and foreign ministers in Melbourne. This move reflects South Korea’s technological prowess and its strategic interest in participating in high-level defense collaborations.

AUKUS, while primarily a technology-sharing and defense cooperation pact, is also a strategic alignment among its member nations, aiming to promote peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific amidst rising geopolitical tensions.


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