South Korea to upgrade national stereo defence system for US$16m

Military to purchase speakers capable of being heard 10km away, in NORKS

South Korea has issued a tender for a new national defence stereo system.

The democratic enclave in North-East Asia has long operated huge banks of speakers on its side of the demilitarised zone it shares with North Korea. South Korea uses the speakers to broadcast propaganda and K-Pop into the North, with troops along the border a notable target for the aural assault.

The North returns the broadcasts with missives of its own extolling the virtues of its regime. The two nations often turn their amps up to 11 to drown out each other's broadcasts.

All that noise appears to have shagged out the South's speakers, as local media reports the recent emergence of a tender aimed at “replacing ageing loudspeakers with high-performance ones in order to enhance the flexibility of broadcasting operations.”

There's 18.3 billion won (US$16m , £11.3m) on the table for two dozen fixed speaker arrays and 16 mobile rigs. All are required to have an audible range of 10 kilometres, and to be weatherproof.

The new national defence stereo is expected to be in place by the end of the year. ®

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