On the 2022 Farnborough Worldwide Air Present, Byeong-hyun Kwon, head of LIG Nex1’s C4ISTAR enterprise division, and Pascale Sourisse, senior vice chairman of Thales, determined to develop cooperation in efficiency enchancment areas together with Upkeep, Restore and Operations (MRO). By way of the signing of this MOU, LIG ??Nex1 is anticipated to realize 300 billion gained in orders within the MRO discipline in 2022. Presently, the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) is utilizing a Dutch CIWS referred to as Goalkeeper. LIG Nex1 has gained in late 2021 a young for the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy CIWS-II program. The brand new system will exchange the Goalkeeper.

Particularly, since 1998, the 2 corporations have promoted the technical cooperative manufacturing and depot upkeep of the armament management system mounted on the destroyer, a big ship of the Navy, and since 2016, LIG ??Nex1 has secured the depot upkeep functionality of the Goalkeeper CIWS (close-in weapon system). LIG Nex1’s C4ISTAR and Thales Netherlands are persevering with and strengthening cooperation between the 2 corporations, similar to transferring know-how to make this doable. LIG Nex1 opened a brand new Goalkeeper CIWS upkeep facility in South Korea in 2019.


Thales Goalkeeper close-in weapon system (CIWS) (Photograph by Thales)

Goalkeeper is a Dutch close-in weapon system launched in 1979, growing it across the GAU-8 Avenger 30 mm hydraulically pushed seven-barrel Gatling-style autocannon. It’s an autonomous and utterly automated weapon system for short-range defence of ships in opposition to extremely manoeuvrable missiles, plane and fast-manoeuvering floor vessels. As soon as activated the system robotically undertakes the complete air defence course of from surveillance and detection to destruction, together with the number of the following precedence goal.

The GAU-8/A Avenger 30 mm, additionally utilized by the A-10 Thunderbolt II plane, was chosen for the system. The 30x173mm cartridge has a better projectile mass than the 20x102mm cartridge fired by the Phalanx CIWS M61 Vulcan, so it supplies a lot better damaging energy and considerably elevated vary with related muzzle velocity. Poongsan, South Korea’s largest ammunition producer, already produces K164/K165 missile-piercing discarding-sabot rounds that can be utilized by the GAU-8/A Avenger, which South Korea is planning to provide domestically by a know-how switch from US producer Basic Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Techniques.