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South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration to Host the 5th International Military Airworthiness Certification Conference

May 27, 2016
By Business Wire News

SEOUL, South Korea

South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA, Minister: Chang, Myoung-jin) announced that it will host the “2016 International Military Airworthiness Certification Conference (2016 IMAC)” in The Plaza Hotel in Seoul on May 30, 2016, with 400 international airworthiness experts from government, industries and academia.

Airworthiness certification refers to a government system which validates and certifies the flight safety of aircrafts. South Korea became the first Asian country in 2010 to host a military airworthiness conference. The IMAC celebrates its fifth anniversary this year.

The theme of this year’s IMAC is “Military Aircraft Airworthiness Certification and Fostering International Cooperation.” Representatives of seven countries, including South Korea, Germany, Spain and Italy will deliver presentations on the development of military airworthiness certification system, case studies and international cooperation, which will lay the platform for productive discussions. Also, aircraft manufacturers will set up exhibit booths to facilitate the export of South Korea’s armaments.

Chang, Myoung-jin, Minister of Defense Acquisition Program Administration, said “The IMAC will draw international attention to the excellence of South Korea’s airworthiness certification system. Building on this global recognition, South Korea will lead the development of airworthiness certification in Asia. We seek to foster continued international cooperation to beef up the global competitiveness of Korea’s military aircrafts.”

Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) plans to hold the conference biennially to expand international collaboration on airworthiness certification with major partner countries.

For more details about the schedule of the 2016 International Military Airworthiness Certification Conference, please refer to the IMAC official website at

Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA)
Kim, Keon-wan, +82-2-2079-6846
Manager of Airworthiness Certification Policy
Military Airworthiness Division, Defense Industry Promotion Bureau