SEOUL, South Korea and Indonesia wrapped up an annual vice-ministerial session of their defense industry cooperation committee here on Tuesday, Seoul's state arms procurement agency said.

Wang Jung-hong, the head of South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), and Agus Setiadji, secretary general of Indonesia's Ministry of Defense, jointly hosted the two-day session at the DAPA headquarters in Gwacheon, south of Seoul.

They discussed bilateral cooperation on protecting defense technologies and the idea of the two countries mutually recognizing airworthiness certificates issued in each other's countries to help boost South Korea's aircraft exports to the Southeast Asian country, DAPA said.

In the latest session, 16 South Korean and Indonesian defense firms participated.

"Through this session, we will make active efforts to better understand each other and build a comprehensive defense industry cooperation mechanism in the future," the DAPA chief was quoted as saying during the talks.

The committee was launched in 2012 when they signed a memorandum of understanding on its establishment. Before its launch, the two sides had held regular working-level talks on defense industrial cooperation from 1991-2011.

Indonesia has been participating in South Korea's KF-X project worth 7.9 trillion won (US$6.91 billion) to develop an indigenous fighter jet under a 2016 contract that calls for Jakarta to shoulder 20 percent of the development cost.

Source: Yonhap news Agency