If I was going to stereotype, one thing I learned from Korea is that the people can have a short temper.
So when I read in today's Australian Financial Review (AFR), "Howitzer bombshell angers South Korea", (Geoffry Barker), my first thought was that this was not the kind of business partner to leave in the lurch.
S.Korean defence industry was rightly upset when they heard of the cancellation of the Australian self-propelled artillery project (to be made in S.Korea) by radio news with no forewarning. The South Korean embassy was informed 20 minutes before the public announcement.
Did I just mention "upset"? Furious would be a better description. Business reprisal in some form from S.Korea is a guarantee.
Aside from the idea if Australia even needs this kind of weapon's system, officials made this cancellation decision as part of an effort to save money. Even though gross excess like 22,000 defence civilian employees, a war in Afghanistan that provides no defensive value to the nation, too many flag-ranks and SES and a spend-thrift buying policy still exist.
S.Korea offers a lot of potential defence industry solutions for land, sea and air. How the future Australian-S. Korean defence industry relationship progresses is an open question.