South Korea and Philippines to develop new weapons
- October 13, 2018
South Korea and the Philippines inked a key joint venture deal last month. While the initial scope of collaboration in the deal covers only firearms, it nonetheless put the focus on ongoing activity within the defense aspect of the Philippines-South Korea relationship.
South Korea has been involved in fighter jets, frigates and other key line items in the Philippine army modernization. Defense collaboration was on the agenda in June, when Philippine President Duterte paid his first visit to South Korea since 2016. In late September, this aspect of ties was in the spotlight again with the inking of an agreement between a Philippine and a South Korean firm. S&T Motiv signed a pact with Philippine firm United Defense Manufacturing Corporation (UDMIC), the Philippines’ largest rifle maker, which has already been providing weapons to the Philippine military and law enforcement officials.
Under the agreement S&T Motiv will transfer technologies and technical know-how to UDMC. Collaboration between the two companies will also be focused on joint research and development (R&D), marketing, and distribution.