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Seoul introduces new quality controls for military products

15 July 2019
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South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has introduced a quality control mechanism to boost the competitiveness of indigenous defence products in international markets.

DAPA said on 15 July that the plan aims to "streamline the system of quality control for military products and ensure quality and reliability". It added that existing quality control framework was initially introduced in the 1980s and needed updating to reflect the wide range of defence products now built in South Korea.

Under the plan, DAPA will launch "quality management support teams" to be tasked with assessing product quality at various stages of development, and will also introduce an "onsite quality patrol system" through which end users of the equipment will be asked whether contractors are fulfilling agreed levels of maintenance and technical support.

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