Hanwha Defense, a number one defense firm in South Korea, is displaying up-to-date unmanned defense programs through the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) that opened on February 21 for a five-day run.
During the biennial arms commerce present in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, the enterprise arm of Hanwha Group unveiled the prototype of the Multi-Purpose Unmanned Ground Vehicle, or MPUGV, for the primary time at an exhibition abroad.
The improvement of MPUGV was accomplished in 2019 as a part of a state mission aimed at growing unmanned robotics to assist infantry troops in several fight conditions.
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The 4×4 automobile operates on electrical energy and might transfer at a prime velocity of 30 km/h on paved roads. On the battlefield, the 1.5-ton automobile is operated both remotely or autonomously to hold out varied missions, equivalent to surveillance, logistics transport, evacuation of casualties and fight engagement.
The automobile has a payload capability of 200 kg and might conduct operations for 14 hours on a single cost. With a spread extender, the working time might enhance to as much as 72 hours.
The MPUGV is the primary of its form within the nation that has handed subject assessments and evaluations. During the Korean Army’s pilot operations of the robotic fight automobile from 2019 to 2020, the automobile efficiently demonstrated its clever mission functionality, together with follow-me; self-driving; waypoint navigation; impediment avoidance; twin-beds module for casualties; and communication relay utilizing a drone.
The automobile additionally encompasses a high-end remote-controlled weapon station that may lock on to targets robotically utilizing acoustic sensors to find out the supply of gunfire through the confusion of fight.
An improve variant of the MPUGV is scheduled to debut as early because the third quarter of this yr. The new model is a 6×6 automobile outfitted with improved performances by way of payload capability, most speeds, operational vary, survivability, and so on.
The 6×6 MPUGV is a modular automobile offering a number of capabilities to fulfill numerous mission necessities, equivalent to load carriage, chemical and mine detection, dual-weapon distant managed weapon station (RCWS), and reconnaissance, surveillance and goal acquisition.
The Hanwha Defense-built lightweight RCWS additionally made its worldwide debut through the UAE defense commerce present.
The 130kg-class variant was developed to be built-in to tanks, armored automobiles and light-tactical automobiles, and may be outfitted with both the K6 or K4 machine gun.
Hanwha Defense is the one firm in South Korea to develop and produce RCWS of its personal and had been awarded contracts to construct these for the high-speed patrol vessels and the amphibious assault automobiles operated by the South Korean Navy and Marine Corps respectively.
Among different Hanwha Defense merchandise to drawn the eye of the worldwide defense trade are the K9 Self-Propelled Howitzer; the K10 Ammunition Resupply Vehicle; the REDBACK Infantry Fighting Vehicle; the TIGON 6×6 wheeled armored automobile; and, the Hybrid BIHO short-range air-defense system.
Variants of the 155mm/52-calibre K9 SPH are operated by six nations _ Turkey, Poland, Finland, India, Norway and Estonia, whereas the South Korean armed forces have accomplished the deployment of the superior artillery programs in 2020 with plans forward to enhance the artillery’s automation and firing vary.
In September 2020, Hanwha Defense Australia was chosen with the K9 as the popular provider for the Australian Army’s LAND 8116 self-propelled howitzer acquisition program. Under the mission, the Australian Army is about to amass 30 K9 “Huntsman” howitzers, together with K10 Armored Ammunition Resupply Vehicles.
REDBACK is among the remaining two contenders for the Commonwealth of Australia’s high-profile LAND 400 Phase 3 mission aimed at introducing 450 future-oriented tracked Infantry Fighting Vehicles.
TIGON is a brand new sort of armored wheeled automobile developed primarily for abroad markets. The automobile options unbiased suspension and a most velocity of 100km/h. It weighs 21 tons and might carry 11 troops. The South Korean Army is working the armored private carriers in a pilot program to confirm its subject performances.
The Hybrid BIHO gun and missile air defense system is taken into account one of the crucial efficient short-range anti-aircraft programs, which is able to intercepting low-altitude infiltrating aerial targets, together with unmanned aerial automobiles in addition to plane and helicopters.
Fitted with a sophisticated surveillance radar, the air-defense artillery can interact targets each with the 30mm twin machine gun and surface-to-air missiles.
“Hanwha Defense has numerous defense products meeting the requirements in the Middle Eastern and African markets,” mentioned An Byung-chul, head of Hanwha Defense International. “I’m sure we can offer optimal defense solutions to the customers in the region to expand our global presence.”