Foreword to ROK Equipment and Gear
The Republic of Korea Armed Forces and Police were forged in the crucible of the Korean war, where almost all equipment was handed down from the US military at the time, decades later due to changing political climates and a need for self-reliance, the ROK began to produce their own locally designed and manufactured military equipment.
A large problem for collectors of Korean military gear is an almost complete lack of coherent nomenclature, both in Korean and English. In this article we have decided to introduce some standard English nomenclature in addition to the common Korean names.
The aim of this article is to shed light on the basics of modern Korean military equipment and give prospective new collectors the information they need to decide what kind of collection they would like to start. We will cover the major equipment from the early 1990s until present, it is expected that by the year 2022 the ROK military will begin to issue a brand new generation of equipment as part of the “Warrior Platform”, but we shan’t cover future equipment in this article.
ROK Combat Gear
ROK Personal Kit
ROK Infantry Reference Gallery