South Korea's Ministry of National Defense (MND) has prioritised a number of military research and development (R&D) programmes for 2017 to boost security against threats from North Korea.
The MND said on 6 January that it is progressing more than 170 projects led by the Defense Acquisition Program Administration's (DAPA's) Agency for Defense Development (ADD).
The MND said areas of R&D that have progressed in 2016 and will continue in 2017 include missile defence and countermeasures technologies directed specifically at North Korean ballistic missile threats.
The MND said it will also prioritise R&D projects on stealth technologies, "laser weapons" to intercept small unmanned systems, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) capable of 24-hour air surveillance and anti-submarine surveillance, and robot technologies to enhance battlefield manoeuvrability.
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