KPC3450: Agency for Defense Development 50th Anniversary

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(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 16 July 2020 KoreaPost issued a stamp commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Agency for Defense Development (ADD). According to the Wikipedia page for the ADDthe Agency for Defense Development (ADD) is the South Korean national agency for research and development in defense technology, funded by the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA). It was established in August 1970 under the banner of the self-reliable defense.

KoreaPost released the stamp in a commemorative (souvenir) stamp sheet of 16 (4×4) stamps of 380 won each, printed by Cartor for POSA:


The details of the stamps as listed at the time of this publication:

국방과학연구소 창설 50주년

디자인중고도 무인기와 위성 안테나
인쇄 및 색수평판 / 4도, 시변각
전지구성4 × 4
발행일2020. 7. 16.
우표크기40 × 26
인면38.5 × 26
천공13 × 13

New issue leaflet

KoreaPost released this new issue leaflet for the stamp issue:

KoreaPost also released this text for this release:

The Republic of Korea (ROK) has constantly faced challenges from great powers as it holds high geopolitical value. In response to such challenges, Korea established the Agency for Defense Development (ADD) in 1970 to protect national security amidst the changing security environment, resulting in possessing world-class weapon systems and key technologies. Honoring its 50th anniversary, Korea Post is issuing the commemorative stamp 50th Anniversary — Agency for Defense Development.

While Korea established the ROK Army, Navy, and Air Force after its liberation in 1945, the peninsula was split into two via ideological conflict — South Korea receiving military support from the United States and North Korea from the Soviet Union. As the Soviet Union and China actively supported North Korea at that time, the disparity in the military power of South and North Korea widened further. In response, South Korea built its own production facilities for munitions and defense equipment, including the ROK Army Armory. With the Nixon Doctrine announced by U.S. President Nixon in 1969, which stated that “problems […] will be handled by, and responsibility for it taken by, the Asian nations themselves,” South Korea created the Agency for Defense Development on August 6, 1970 to strengthen and promote its self-reliant national defense.

The Agency for Defense Development, Korea’s only research agency for defense science and technologies (S&T), has deployed 355 weapon systems operated across various battlefields such as land, sea and air, and transformed Korea into a country with one of the most advanced defense systems. While discussions for denuclearization and a peace regime on the Korean peninsula are on-going, the Agency for Defense Development is preparing for a transition towards peace by advancing state-of-the-art defense science and technology (S&T).

The commemorative stamp features a Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (MUAV) and a satellite antenna. The MUAV is a strategic UAV system developed with cutting-edge Korean technology, which performs reconnaissance on ground targets day and night with high-resolution imaging sensors and carries out any mission across the Korean peninsula with its satellite link. The satellite antenna uses a communications satellite at 36,000 km above the equator and enables communications by transmitting information including voice, image, and data regardless of topography. We hope that the commemorative stamp reminds you of our self-reliant national defense, which has been Korean citizens’ long-standing desire, and instills pride in Korea’s defense science and technology (S&T), which has made remarkable advances.

The FDC for this issue was shown on the ePost website:

All relevant text and images in page copyright: 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost

Ivo Spanjersberg
Currently KSS Publisher/Webmaster, previously KSS Chairman (2018-2019). Living in Amsterdam. I collect Korean revenue stamps, see my website:

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