South Korea’s firm Hanwha Group and Norway’s Kongsberg Protection and Aerospace signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cooperate in infantry combating autos and long-range precision firing techniques throughout the Eurosatory 2022 exhibition in Paris, France, June 14. The MoU was signed by Hanwha’s three protection enterprise subsidiaries: Hanwha Protection, Hanwha Protection Australia (HDA) and Hanwha Corp. and Kongsberg Protection and Aerospace, Norway’s main provider of protection and aerospace-related techniques and options. The Norwegian Protection Materials Company has issued a request for info (RFI) for added infantry combating automobile (IFVs). An RFI for long-range precision firing techniques (LRPFS) will probably be issued later this yr. The MoU features a means for collaborating on LRPFS between Hanwha Corp., a number one precision-guided weapons developer in South Korea, and Kongsberg Protection & Aerospace.

Hanwha Protection has a confirmed observe document of growing and delivering superior IFVs such because the K21 in service with the Korean Military, and the Redback vying for the $18-27 billion challenge of the LAND 400 Part 3 for the Australian Protection Drive (ADF). The K21 is a South Korean infantry combating automobile. A alternative for the K200-series, it was previously designated as K300 or XK21 KNIFV (Korea Subsequent-generation Infantry Preventing Car). The preliminary manufacturing started in 2009, with the Republic of Korea Military planning to subject roughly 466 models. It’s designed to successfully defeat different IFVs as closely armed and armored because the BMP-3. The ROK MoD introduced plans for the event of the “K31” which is to be an improved model of the present K21. Official plans embrace discount of the automobile to twenty tons to allow airlift capabilities in addition to a greater built-in and improved inside for the crew. Developments in firepower, mobility, and on-board expertise are nonetheless but to be confirmed.


South Korea’s Hanwha Group and Norway’s Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on June 14 throughout the Eurosatory 2022 exhibition in Paris, France. (Photograph by Hanwha Group)

Hanwha Protection have proposed a improvement of the K21 referred to as the AS21 Redback, outfitted with a 30mm caliber computerized cannon for the Australian Military’s LAND 400 Part 3 IFV competitors. In 2021, prototype AS21s have been delivered to the Australian Military for testing functions. Collaborating within the danger mitigation exercise operated by the ADF in 2021, the Redback efficiently demonstrated its lethality, mobility and survivability, that includes its revolutionary applied sciences, together with the Iron Fist hard-kill lively safety system, the Iron Imaginative and prescient “see-through” helmet-mounted show and composite rubber tracks amongst others. The Redback additionally showcased its all-terrain maneuverability throughout the Korean Military’s take a look at trials from April to Might, elevating the potential of the service’s operation of the armored infantry autos. Oshkosh Protection is growing a model of the Redback as its entry beneath a aggressive contract for the U.S. Military Optionally Manned Preventing Car program.

Hanwha Company is a world manufacturing and buying and selling firm that has immediately contributed to the expansion of South Korea’s financial system. There are three divisions beneath the Hanwha Company: International, Protection, and Equipment. Hanwha Company was based in 1952 as Korea Explosives firm, rapidly changing into the chief in explosives trade of South Korea. Kongsberg Gruppen is a global expertise group headquartered in Norway, that provides high-technology techniques to prospects within the service provider marine, defence, aerospace, offshore oil and gasoline industries, and renewable and utilities industries. Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KDA) is certainly one of three enterprise models of Kongsberg Gruppen (KOG) of Norway and the provider of defence and house associated techniques and merchandise, primarily anti-ship missiles, navy communications, and command and weapons management techniques for naval vessels and air-defence functions. With regard to Australian military 155 mm self-propelled howitzer (SPH) particularly, Hanwha introduced again in November 2020 that it has chosen Kongsberg Defence Australia to be its C4I companion on this system. Kongsberg already gives the digital structure techniques for Hanwha’s K9.

Hanwha Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicle
Hanwha AS21 Redback Infantry Preventing Car