– South Korea is the world's tenth largest economy and the world's sixth largest defense force. Therefore, there is also a great potential in closer cooperation with South Korea. Closer collaboration can add value and contribute to a better defense in both countries, said Ingebrigtsen.
Roger Ingebrigtsen also noted that South Korea is the third largest export market after the EU and the U.S., and through today's agreement we have now laid the foundation for closer cooperation between the defense industries in both countries.
The visit of the Secretary of State takes place in conjunction with sixty year anniversary of the liberation of Seoul, where ten Norwegian Korean Veterans are honored by the Korean authorities for their efforts. During the talks with the South Korean defense minister, Ingebrigtsen stressed on the historical ties between South Korea and Norway and pointed out that although two countries are geographically far apart, it is only one country between them.
Commenting on the agreement, the Division Director of Kongsberg Nils-Oddvar Hagen suggested that the agreement provides significant opportunities for the Norwegian Defence Industry in a big market and provide our partnerships with Korean companies a major boost.