- Jun 5, 2014
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The British Navy currently only has 6 destroyers(type 45) and 13 frigates(type 23). I almost forgot, there is also a sail battleship, the HMS Victory.
This is not only due to a shortage of quantity, but also the capabilities of type 45 and type 23 are far inferior to those of the KD-3 and FFX-3 in South Korea.
Of course, you would definitely say SSN and CV. After all, without considering nuclear submarines, the Russian Navy cannot rank third.
But can relying solely on the HMS Queen Elizabeth and SSN really challenge the South Korean navy?
I know you're talking about 35 F35B. But you know South Korea has also purchased 60 F35, and they also have 60+ F15K, 180+ F16, and 60+ FA50. They also have a complete aircraft manufacturing industry that can continuously supplement fighter jets.
As for the 10 SSN in the UK, you can search for the anti submarine capabilities of the South Korean Navy yourself. Secondly, South Korea also has 19 SS.
The biggest gap between the British and South Korean navies lies in South Korea's shipbuilding industry. If the two countries enter a long-term war, the time it takes for Britain to build a warship, the Koreans can build a hundred.
I don't think they have F35 in their Navy and if you considering them from their Air Force, then you have to do the same for UK's Air Force as well ie apples to apples comparison.Looking at the Ukrainian war, we should know that wars between major powers do not have winners in a short period of time. The reserves before the war will soon run out. Ultimately, it will inevitably be a competition between the industrial strength of two countries.
Regarding industrial capability, while its true the Korean have done great development in recent years, you cannot the dicount the military industrail complex of former super-power, which still produces the state of art weapons, although in low numbers. I am sure once the need arise, they can definitely churn out more.
Uk and Europeans in general have become passive with regards to military because of them being under the USA's umbrella, not because they are incapable of making decent weapons. If need arise I am pretty sure they can again rebuild their military, currently they just don't feel the need to do so. Russian-Ukraine war definately have pushed them to become independent in terms of military, but it won't happen anytime soon.
While Korea has potential threat at all its sides aka N Korea, China even Japan perhaps(for them). So they are active in their building military competency. While UK and likes of them have taken a kind of break since the soviet split lol.