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Seoul pushes indigenous R&D plan

03 April 2019
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South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has outlined plans to deepen indigenous capability in the research and development (R&D) of advanced military technologies.

DAPA said on 2 April that the project is focused on supporting expanded R&D participation by domestic small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), with the aim to expand self-reliance and defence export opportunities.

DAPA said its plans are centred on a revision of existing R&D procedures to make it easier for industry and DAPA's Agency for Defense Development (ADD) - the country's leading military R&D organisation - to partner on projects in support of the Republic of Korea (RoK) Armed Forces.

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