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South Korea defence ambitions may exceed capabilities

Friday, May 14, 2021


It also benefits from policies that heavily favour the domestic arms industry. This has resulted in a well-equipped modern military and a high degree of self-reliance in equipping it. However, this model may be unsustainable.


  • Seoul will likely attempt to expand armaments collaboration with other countries to gain additional resources, technologies and markets.
  • China's military modernisation is an increasing concern, including in the context of potential war with China's ally, North Korea.
  • Threats from North Korea make air and missile defence the top procurement priorities.

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