Two South Korean firearms manufacturer are offering to partner with Department of National Defense (DND)-Government Arsenal (GA) to put up manufacturing facility in the Philippines and produce firearms and ammunition for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and other law enforcement agencies.
The two Korean manufacturers are S&T Motiv and Dasan Machineries Co. Ltd.
It can be recalled that in April this year, Dasan partnered with United Defense Manufacturing Corporation (UDMC) partnered and submitted a proposal to modernize and expand the capacity of DND-GA. S&T Motiv also has a pending proposal.
“Two companies, S&T Motiv, one of the biggest manufacturers of firearms here, and Dasan want to transfer technology in the country in cooperation with the Government Arsenal,” National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said at the Incheon airport in South Korea as quoted by Manila Bulletin.
“So we will look into which of the two companies offer the best proposal to us. It will depend on our study. If it is good for us, they might put up their plant there to manufacture firearms, ammunition and other equipment,” Secretary Lorenzana added.
“If they have surplus supplies, only then they can export the firearms. That was our discussion,” he said. “They cannot prioritize the export of products over our local requirements. We will lose if that happens.”
Based in Camp Antonio Luna, Limay, Bataan, DND-GA’s mandate is to produce basic weapons, ammunition and other munitions for the use of AFP and the Philippine National Police, and for the sale and export of products in excess of AFP/PNP requirements.