Procurement agency pushes to develop military robots

SEOUL, Aug. 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said Monday it has established a new department to facilitate military robotic projects as part of efforts to improve unmanned fighting capabilities and help soldiers.

DAPA's robot team will cooperate with the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, which supports civilian robot projects, to develop advanced robots.

DAPA and the state-run Agency for Defense Development have jointly worked to develop basic robots for military operations, such as front-line monitoring, reconnaissance and mine removal.

The agency also established the advanced technology department, which will oversee developing new software and technology needed for its latest military equipment.

"The new team is expected to incorporate various projects, including the unmanned system, robot, satellite, and other core technology, to create synergy effect in the defense industry," DAPA said in a press release.

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