South Korea on Tuesday opened up a new defense research center that will develop ways to apply the country's advanced nanotechnology to develop new precision and micro weapons systems, the defense procurement agency said.
The new specialized research center has a 13-billion-won (12.5 million U.S. dollars) budget to develop the new technology until 2016 under the supervision of Kim Do-hyang, professor of materials engineering at Seoul's Yonsei University, according to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA).
Another specialized center will be opened later this week at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), it said.
"The defense-specialized centers aim to secure stable development of new defense technology and training of research personnel through a long-term college support program," the DAPA said, adding the country plans to increase the number of such research centers to 20 by 2015.
Seoul currently operates nine specialized defense research centers, which are mostly at colleges or state-run institutes.