South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has made the unprecedented step of publishing lists of thousands of imported components it wants domestic companies to manufacture for locally built and maintained military platforms.
DAPA said in a statement on 20 December that the move is in line with government efforts to boost defence self-reliance and the country’s industrial ecosystem, create defence industry jobs, and ultimately enhance the global competitiveness of South Korean military equipment.
According to DAPA the list includes more than 15,500 components imported by South Korea between 2014 and 2016. This constitutes nearly one-third of the 50,000 components that were imported during this time frame, with DAPA planning to issue additional lists from 2018.
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