Hanwha Group’s defense products are on display at the ongoing International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) 2021 in Abu Dhabi. The five-day event will run through Feb. 25. Photo courtesy of Hanwha Defense

Korea’s leading defense companies show off advanced military products

Hanwha Group said on Feb. 21 that the conglomerate’s affiliates are showing off their advanced technologies at the ongoing International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) 2021.

Hanwha Defense, Hanwha Systems, and Hanwha Corporation took part the five-day event in Abu Dhabi, which brings more than 1,300 firms from over 60 countries.

Hanwha Defense demonstrated a multi-purpose unmanned vehicle and remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS), which can be installed on a wheeled armored vehicle.

The former, which was co-developed by Hanwha and the Korean military, is an electrically-powered four-wheel vehicle that can carry out various missions.

Hanwha Defense said that it had almost finished building an advanced six-wheel model, which will substantially improve maximum speed, navigation distance, and payload capacity.

In addition, the newly-developed model will take advantage of both military communication networks and commercial fifth-generation networks so that it will be able to better maneuver in all-terrain conditions.

Hanwha Defense has come up with many versions of RCWS on its own. On display at the IDEX 2021 is its lightweight version designed for a wheeled armored vehicle.

The Seoul-based company also showcased its ground artillery systems, such as the K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzer and the K10 robotic ammunition resupply vehicle.

Grabbing people’s attention is its fifth-generation infantry fighting vehicle, called the “Redback,” which competes to win Australia’s project of procuring seme 450 new tracked armored vehicles, according to the firm.

Its sister company Hanwha Systems presented its naval combat management system and multi-function radar M-SAM. Hanwha Corporation is marketing its air-launched guided missile.

An Byung-chul, who is leading Hanwha Defense’s international business development, said that the company will spearhead exports of Korea’s advanced military products, otherwise dubbed “K-Defense.”

“The IDEX is the largest defense show in the Middle East and Africa regions. We will do our best to promote the competitive edge of Hanwha in the defense industry,” An said.

“In particular, we will show solutions tailored to the Middle East and Africa regions so as to head the global success of the ‘K-Defense.’”

This year, the IDEX is taking place both physically and virtually, to mark the first time for the biennial fair to be held as a hybrid event amid COVID-19.

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