Massive arms deals highlight South Korea’s growing defense industry

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South Korea has been quietly ambitious about developing its defense industrial capabilities for a number of years and real progress is now becoming apparent,” said Trevor Taylor, director of the Defence, Industries and Society Programme at the U.K.-based Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). “The road has not been smooth, and the tanker ships DSME built for the U.K. Royal Navy were late in delivery and brought the company major financial problems. The KF-21 aircraft collaboration with Indonesia has also struggled. However, there have been reforms in the defense ministry involving more civilians in defense acquisition, and improving governance,” Taylor said....