South Korea's military procurement agency, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), has launched a programme to develop an indigenous long-range air-to-surface missile to equip its next-generation Korean Fighter Experimental (KFX) aircraft, a DAPA official confirmed to IHS Jane's.
The official said that the programme was approved by DAPA's defence project committee - headed by Defence Minister Han Min-koo - on 14 December and will call for the local development of the missile system from 2018.
To progress the programme DAPA is expected to engage with local industry and its Agency for Defense Development (ADD) in 2017 before issuing a contract later that year.
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