On September 20-21 Vice Minister of National Defence Vilius Semeška attended DX Korea 2022 defence industry exposition and had a meeting with Vice Defense Minister Shin Beomchul of the Republic of Korea. The officials discussed opportunities for a government-level contract and acquisition of weaponry, as well as bilateral cooperation in the area of defence industry. Vice Minister V. Semeška encouraged South Korean defence industry companies to invest in Lithuania.
“Our geopolitical situation is similar to an extent. South Korea borders with China and North Korea. Lithuania, too, is placed geographically in a difficult situation with Belarus and Russia’s Kaliningrad Oblast as neighbors. Both, us and South Korea stand up for the same values, and therefore we can learn from each other if we cooperate on preservation of democracy and freedom,” said Vice Minister V. Semeška.
At a meeting with Eom Dong-Hwan, Minister of South Korea’s State Arms Procurement Agency, V. Semeška invited him to come to Lithuania on a study trip to see possibilities for producing certain types of weaponry and its components in Lithuania. He also took interest potential acquisition of artillery and multiple rocket launch systems and ammunition from the Republic of Korea in view of further strengthening Lithuanian military capabilities.
Defence industry of the Republic of Korea is particularly advanced, the country develops and uses the most cutting-edge systems. It manufactures and exports ammunition of different calibers, tanks, howitzers, remote-controlled fighting vehicles, reconnaissance and combat UAVs, tactical electronic warfare systems.
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