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South Korea to develop own stun guns

All Headlines 15:14 February 16, 2017

SEJONG, Feb. 16 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will develop its own stun guns better suited to its needs, with the completion scheduled for around July next year, officials said Thursday.

Local company Infos Technology will be making the device that will replace Taser guns that the country obtains entirely through imports. The project will be funded in part by the state under an agreement between the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy and the National Police Agency, who signed a memorandum of understanding in 2015 to jointly assist with the R&D necessary for public security.

The government is expected to save approximately 1.65 billion won (US$1.44 million) by manufacturing its own stun guns.

Stun guns became a matter of public interest after airline companies announced they will allow flight crew to use them to subdue unruly passengers. The measure followed an incident widely publicized through social networking services about a drunken South Korean man who went out of control during a flight.

The device being planned for localization can be used three to four times on a single load, but the intensity of the shocks would be weaker. It is designed to fit better in the hands of local users, a feature that could lead to its exports to other countries with physiques similar to those of South Koreans, officials said.

Other security equipment is being developed under the same funding, including video recording and simulation equipment that refines analysis of crime scenes, smart patrol cars and reinforced shields against attacks with weapons.

The trade ministry and the police agency are currently supporting 15 development projects with 32 billion won.

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