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FA-50 Fighting Eagle Test Flight.jpg
FA-50 Fighting Eagle. By Republic of Korea Air Force, Korea Aerospace Industries – CC BY 2.0

My latest at the Diplomat looks at the growth of South Korea’s defense industry…

What’s the upper limit for South Korea’s defense industry?

A recent Jane’s Defence Weekly profile by Jon Grevatt investigated the ROK’s defense industry in depth. From a low base in the late 1960s, South Korea has progressively developed a sophisticated, productive arms industry to serve its own forces and, increasingly, the export market. South Korean exports have steadily increased since the early 2000s, and now cover a range of high-technology weapons systems delivered to customers around the world. But there are risks on the horizon.

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