Egypt and S Korea strengthen defense cooperation


Egypt and South Korea recently signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the defense industry, signed by DAPA Commissioner Byun Moo-keun and his Egyptian counterpart minister of state for military production Sayed Meshaal.

According to the release, the agreement calls for boosting cooperation between defense manufacturers in both countries in production and acquisition, Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said.

Both sides will also establish a defense cooperation committee to explore ways of meeting each other’s defense needs, it said. “This MoU with Egypt is expected to serve as a springboard for South Korean firms to export its defense products to African nations,” a DAPA official noted.

A potential export item for South Korea is the K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzer built by Samsung Techwin, the official said.
“Egypt plans to equip its army with advanced self-propelled howitzers. The K9 Thunder would compete for the acquisition plan,” he said.

Pic: K9- Thunder