South Korea, UK sign defence R&D agreement

13 February 2020

South Korea and the United Kingdom have signed an agreement to support joint research and development (R&D) in the defence sector.

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) in Seoul said on 12 February that the memorandum of understanding (MOU) on “defence R&D principals” provides a basis for defence science and technology co-operation through exchanges of information and joint projects.

The agreement was signed by DAPA minister Wang Jung-hong and Mark Goldsack, the director of the UK government’s Department for International Trade Defence and Security Organisation (DIT DSO).

While the MOU supports government-level engagement on defence R&D, DAPA said the agreement is also expected to allow opportunities for South Korean companies to participate in international R&D projects.

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