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South Korea’s Defense Industry: Increasing Domestic Capabilities and Global Opportunities
Published November 11, 2013

Since the end of the Korean War, the United States has been the largest supplier of defense systems to the Republic of Korea (ROK). The imperative of maintaining military interoperability with the U.S. armed forces often proved a decisive factor for ROK decision makers. However, ROK officials have tried to increase the amount of military equipment, technology, and services that South Korea acquires from non-U.S. sources, with a priority given to domestic suppliers.