Korea, U.S. to Set up Military 5G Network

  • By Lee Min-seok

    November 21, 2023 10:45

    The U.S. will set up a 5G mobile military network in Korea to share information in real time during joint operations, according to sources.
    The U.S. aims to bolster military ties with allies to respond more effectively to threats and plans to expand the 5G network to Japan, Australia and other Indo-Pacific allies.
    A U.S. source said Sunday that it will "enhance their capabilities greatly to grasp situations and make operation decisions in the face of enemies' maneuvers or threats."
    The U.S. and Korean governments agreed to establish the network at their Combined Forces Command's Osan Airbase in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province and are in the process of drawing up a blueprint with a view to starting the project next year.
    A U-2S high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft takes off from Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province on Oct. 30. /News1
    Osan Air Base is home to cutting-edge U.S. fighter jets and other strategic weapons and is a key American base in the region along with Kadena Air Base in Okinawa.
    U.S. and Korean officials want to expand the network to other American military bases on the Korean Peninsula.
    This is seen as part of U.S. efforts to expand its Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC21) concept to connect sensors from all branches of the American armed forces in a unified artificial intelligence-powered network. 
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