Why are thirdies refusing western weapons?

https://defensetalks.com/iraq-procures-south-korean-km-sam-cheolmae-2-sam-system/
>As per claims made by South Korean Media, Iraq has purchased 8 batteries of KM-SAM BLOCK-II air defense system at approximately 2.56 billion dollars. This is the third export success of the KM-SAM/Cheolmae-2 system in the Middle East within 2 years. Before Iraq, UAE and Saudi Arabia purchased the KM-SAM system with deals valued at 3.5 billion USD and 3.2 billion USD respectively.

>The KM-SAM (Korean Medium-range Surface-to-Air Missile), also known as the Cheolmae-2 (Iron Hawk), is a South Korean medium-range surface-to-air missile system. It was developed by the Agency for Defense Development (ADD) with technical assistance from Almaz-Antey and Fakel. The technology behind the missile draws from the 9M96 missile utilized in the S-350E and S-400 missile systems. The block-II version of the system can provide a maximum range of 50km with a maximum speed of mach 5. Each battery of the system consists of an engagement Control Center (ECS), 1 Multifunction Radar (MFR), 1 Power Generator, and 4-6 launchers with 8 missiles on each launcher.

This is the 3rd time this missile, which was initially based on Russian S-350 tech, being sold to the arabs, and it's raising a serious competition to western manufacturers in the region. What seems to have caused this trend of moving away from western made weapons in those countries?

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  1. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    south korea is the west, shinese revisionist

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous
      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        inorganic facebook maymay

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        >taiwan is china
        do boomers really

  2. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Wow, the Koreans made Russian tech not shit!

  3. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Iraq is under Iranian influence and Westerners will only sell them low quality tech

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      Then why did Iraq let western batteries in Iraq shoot down all those Iranian missiles?

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        NTA be real anon what Iraq says or wants has no bearing on reality

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        They are compromised not a literal puppet.

        • 1 week ago
          Anonymous

          Not compromised or influenced enough to remotely impede foreign forces that actively oppose the Iranian government? Doesnt seem like Iran is very influencial in the middle east

          • 1 week ago
            Anonymous

            Iran is more of a background threat and in Iraq they have had worse luck than in the Levant.

          • 1 week ago
            Anonymous

            Iraq is mostly shi'a and got help from Iran to push back the sunnis of ISIS, also still no WMDs, the average iraqi is still butthurt no matter how vile Saddam may have be, the neocons weren't exactly the brightest people in the world when it came to geopolitics, for all intents and purposes their beliefs are more akin to Daesh than they would like to admit.

            A more rational party would have handled both Afghanistan and Iraq as well as Iran far better.

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        >Iraq let
        They have no say. What will they do? Die, right. So they shut up like the good little cucks they are.

  4. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    It's better than Russian shit at the same cost
    And no one wants to deal with American university students kvetching and somehow actually delaying supply when they actually need replacement missiles for their war of genocide against the Sunni or Shia

  5. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    welcome to multipolar world
    enjoy your stay

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      All these homies worried about East/West values, when the real fight is between the North/South. Counter-Clockwise toilets are an affront to mankind and your days are numbered, Australia.

  6. 1 week ago
    Resident Wumbologist

    South Korean defense products are very cost competitive and of reasonable quality. They might not always be cutting edge, but represent a good step up from antiquated slavshit that may no longer be effective against modern threats, depleted, or otherwise beyond it's expiration date so it has to be replaced anyway.

    More importantly SK is hungry for contracts and business, so they are a lot more gung-ho about selling products with no strings attached (which is a big thing with major defense contracts) and licensing local production with a full TDP if the customer wants to do that. This is a big departure from situations like the USA where a new weapon system might be subsidized or free, but the recipient nation needs to make some diplomatic concessions, or EU contracts (particularly Germany) where the customer risks getting cut off if they sell or provide it as military aid to another country.
    Giving a customer the keys necessary to produce their new product themselves is very appealing to a country that needs an update but doesn't want to trade their sovereignty to get it. It also allows most of the money spent to circulate within their own economy, instead of spending abroad.

  7. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    >Why are thirdies refusing western weapons?
    >What seems to have caused this trend of moving away from western made weapons in those countries?
    theyve seen firstie weapon performance IRL in ukraine
    so simple even they understand it

  8. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Is this your first exposure to the Korean arms industry? Making upgraded versions of cold-war era weapons to sell to thirdies at affordable prices is a huge part of their business strategy.

  9. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Because Korean weapons are not shit as Russoid originals and inhibitably expensive as western ones.

  10. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    They don't want to depend on Western countries to keep supplying them, just in case they ever want to participate in a war the West doesn't like.

  11. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    3rd world country tin-pot dictators want to have a semi-believable military against their other 3rd world country neighbours, but they don't want to spend too much money on it. So they buy old soviet shit, because that's what everyone else in their neighbourhood is buying.

    After all, militaries are expensive, and they want to save money for their third palace.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      *sends another 50 $ billion aid bill to israel funded from your wagie taxes*

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        whats 50 billion compared to 6 trillion

  12. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Shits are turning so wild in Iraq that they needed to deploy security forces to guard KFC buildings.
    https://nypost.com/2024/06/07/world-news/us-linked-businesses-under-attack-in-baghdad/

  13. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Shrug. Thirdies have to learn the China arms lesson all over again.

  14. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    >korean
    >not western
    Korea is a part of the west, moron.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      >Korea is a part of the west
      Since when?

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        50s

  15. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    if you get into a war korea will keep selling to you but westerners will embargo you

  16. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Not going to lie the Soviet/Russian stuff is probably easier for them to manage.

  17. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Because western weapons usually come with strings attached and some of them are thick enough for hangings.
    >you may not use these weapons on the enemy

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      Buying to swiss must feel very stupid.

  18. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    With everyone importing shitskins, there are only third world countries left anyway. Import the third world, become the third world.

  19. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    They are good enough for a decent price and come without the diplomatic baggage and endless production delays

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