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Korean, PH weapons makers to develop guns for AFP, PNP


The largest Korean arms maker has partnered with the Philippines’ top rifle manufacturer United Defense Manufacturing Corp. (UDMC)

S&T Motiv, a 45-year-old Korean major firearms manufacturer, and UDMC have recently signed a joint venture agreement to develop a high-quality and affordable firearms for the Philippine military and police.

UDMC chairman and CEO Gene Cariño:”The joint venture agreement demonstrates both our countries’ close mutual cooperation to support the government-level discussions on increasing the bilateral cooperation in the field of defense industry,.”

The Korean Ministry of National Defense and S&T Motiv presented their line of defense technology products to President Rodrigo Duterte during his official visit to South Korea last June.

S&T Motiv is recognized for its competitiveness in the global market with exports to more than 30 countries including Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

“This is truly a beneficial partnership as S&T’s expertise integrated with UDMC’s significant research and development will substantiate the need for increased weapons capability of the Philippines,” Kijoon Yu, President and CEO of S&T Motiv Co., said.

UDMC is dedicated to the development, manufacture and distribution of assault and precision rifles, and is known particularly for their 5.56 and 7.62 NATO standard rifles used by the military and law enforcers.

The Philippine-based company has provided locally-manufactured weapons to the Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Air Force (PAF) and the Presidential Security Guard (PSG), which is indicative of its highly-capable and reliable line of firearm products. (PNA)