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Hyundai Rotems’s K808 armored personnel carrier (Hyundai Rotem)
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Hyundai Rotem said Tuesday it has signed a contract worth 407.7 billion won ($348.4 million) with the Defense Acquisition Program Administration to supply wheeled armored vehicles by 2023.

According to the rolling stock and arms manufacturing unit of Hyundai Motor Group, it will mass-produce the third batch of K806 and K808 armored personnel carriers to DAPA by 2023.

Hyundai Rotem won the order for the first batch worth 26.9 billion won in 2016 and completed the delivery in 2018. It also grabbed the order for the second batch worth 412.9 billion won in 2017 and aims to complete the delivery within this year.

“Based on its know-how from the mass production of the first and the second batches, Hyundai Rotem will supply high-quality armored vehicles for the third batch,” a company official said.

K806 armored vehicles are designed for mobile strikes and reconnaissance missions in the rear, while K808 are intended for swift troop deployment and reconnaissance missions in front-line areas.

 

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According to information published this week by the Classic Cars and Auto Blog website, the military branch of the South Korean Company KIA has unveiled a new concept of 4x4 all-terrain vehicle based on civilian SUV and specially designed to be used by Special Forces.


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New KIA All-terrain 4x4 vehicle. (Picture source KIA)


Citing the website Auto Blog, the new KIA all-terrain vehicle will be based on the Mohave, a civilian SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) manufactured by the South Korean manufacturer Kia Motors.

The design of the new KIA All-Terrain vehicle is very similar to a 4x4 light tactical vehicle with the engine at the front, the crew compartment in the middle, and a cargo area at the rear. The vehicle is based on an open-top architecture with no side doors. A large cargo area is available at the rear of the vehicle which can be used to carry water, fuel, and ammunition boxes. The KIA All-terrain vehicle has a crew of four with two seats at the front and two seats at the rear

According to the Classic Cars website, the South Korean army has already shown interest in the new Kia vehicle. Kia plans to deliver first field tests to the South Korean MoD (Ministry of Defense) and the first vehicles could be entered into services with the army in 2024.

The new KIA all-terrain vehicle will be powered by y a 7.0-liter diesel engine coupled to an automatic transmission.
 

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The South Korean arms procurement agency has announced on Monday that Hyundai Rotem has completed the development of a new armored command vehicle.

The new wheel type vehicle, based on the K808 platform, allows commanders to lead combats while moving around and is equipped with devices to defend against enemy’s chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) attacks, according to a recent service news release.

The agency said the vehicle’s development, which began in 2017, was completed earlier in the month.


“With the success of the development of a wheel-type command post vehicle, infantry units’ maneuverability and survivability will be greatly improved,” an agency official said.

The agency plans to sign a contract for its production in 2022

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The new armored command vehicle will use to provide means to receive information, analyze and transmit data, and control forces carrying out combat missions.

As part of a family of 6×6 and 8×8 armored vehicles, the new command vehicle has an all-welded armored hull that provides protection against small-arms fire and artillery shell splinters. It can be fitted with add-on armor for a higher level of protection. It is also equipped with the NBC protection system.

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Hanwha Defense Australia announced on 16 March that it has achieved the integration of two Israeli-made systems with its new Redback infantry fighting vehicle (IFV).

The company said in a statement that integration of the Elbit Systems’ Iron Fist active protection system (APS) with the Redback was successfully demonstrated in late 2020, while several Spike LR2 anti-tank guided missiles – made by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems – were successfully test-fired from the IFV in early February.

The company said that both tests, which it referred to as “key milestones in the validation of the Redback’s offensive and defensive protection systems”, were conducted in Israel.

The Redback, which is currently competing with Rheinmetall Defence Australia’s Lynx KF41 for the Australian Army’s AUD18.1–27.1 billion (USD14–21 billion) IFV requirement, is being offered with the new T2000 two-man, 30 mm turret developed by Australian company Electro Optic Systems (EOS).

The main armament options of the T2000 range from a 25 mm to a 50 mm cannon, a 7.62 or 5.56 mm co-axial machine gun, an integrated, shock-isolated pop-up launcher that can deploy a single Javelin or two Spike LR2 anti-tank missiles, and an EOS R400S Mk 2 HD remote weapon station (RWS) that can mount weapons up to and including the M230LF 30 mm lightweight cannon. An alternative RWS is the EOS R150 capable of mounting 5.56 mm to 12.7 mm machine guns.

 

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On Thursday, South Korea’s defense procurement agency announced that the exploratory development of an unmanned surveillance ground vehicle has been completed successfully.

The development of the 6×6 Unmanned Surveillance Vehicle (USV) was led by the Agency for Defense Development (ADD) affiliated with the Defense Acquisition Program administration (DAPA). Hanwha Defense is responsible for developing the unmanned wheeled vehicle and integrating communication and surveillance systems into the 6×6 platform.
It is the first time globally that a mid-to-large-sized unmanned ground combat vehicle has moved into the systems development stage.

“This unmanned surveillance vehicle can be used to remotely lead mechanized units across a variety of terrains, including tactical roads, off-road, and unpaved roads,” a Hanwha Defense spokesman said. “The vehicle is designed to conduct many different operations such as reconnaissance, target guidance, engagement with the enemy.”
The USV exploratory development commenced in 2018 with a focus on testing and evaluating operational capabilities as well as the readiness of key technologies. During the latest field trials conducted between last December and February, the unmanned robotics system successfully met key operational requirements sufficiently to be deployed in the military.
In March 2021, the USV reached Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6 regarding key unmanned technologies, including self-driving, obstacle detection/avoidance, and surveillance. TRL 6 is the key condition to go ahead with full-scale systems development.

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Powered by hybrid power systems, the USV is to work either by remote control or autonomously. The vehicle features sophisticated unmanned functions such as follow-me, travel-route control, obstacle detection/avoidance, and path planning in the case of communication loss.

The vehicle is armed with a machine gun mounted on a remote-controlled weapon station developed by Hanwha Defense. The platform can be reconfigured conveniently for other missions with the installation of different equipment like a detection device and drone for communications relay.

The successful development of the tactical unmanned ground vehicle is a key milestone for Hanwha Defense’s strong portfolio of unmanned land systems, as the company has participated in at least 15 state R&D projects centered on unmanned and robotics programs since 2006.

In 2019, Hanwha Defense completed the development of a 4×4 multi-purpose unmanned ground vehicle, the first of its kind in South Korea, to support infantry troops in different combat situations. The 1.5-ton vehicle operates on electricity to perform multiple missions, such as surveillance, logistics transport, evacuation of casualties, and combat engagement.
A newer 6×6 version, dubbed the Intelligence UGV, is set to be unveiled in July ahead of pilot operations in the Army’s drone-bot combat unit. The Intelligent UGV is to showcase upgraded performances, as it would have a payload capacity of 500 kg and a cruising radius of 100 km.

Hanwha Defense also takes the helm of developing a small unmanned robot for Explosive Ordnance Detection and Disposal (EODD). The robot is the first of its kind in the world that can detect both landmines and improvised explosive devices.

 

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SEOUL -- For a six-month military test operation, Hyundai Rotem, a subsidiary of South Koreas Hyundai auto group, has delivered two multi-purpose unmanned ground vehicles that weigh two tons and are capable of carrying supplies, searching battlefields and evacuating patients. It is the first unmanned vehicle to be introduced by South Korean troops.

Hyundai Rotem said in a statement on July 7 that two multi-purpose unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) have been delivered through the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), a state arms procurement agency controlled by the defense ministry. With day and night cameras, driving and surveillance images can be checked in real-time through separate monitors from a long distance. Unmanned driving capabilities support various modes such as follow-up, remote driving, and the autonomous driving of route points.

The upper front of the six-wheeled UGV is equipped with a remote-controlled weapon station, which allows remote attacks and self-defense missions, and its back has a loading box capable of carrying more than 200 kilograms of cargo or transporting patients in case of an emergency. All six wheels are equipped with an in-wheel motor, allowing each wheel to exert independent driving power.

Hyundai Rotem's UGV is based on HR-Sherpa, a six-wheeled model that features an electric drive system, a 360-degree rotation function, a skid steering system and airless tires for rough driving. HR-Sherpa, which is 2.4 meters long, can run at a maximum speed of 30 kilometers (18 miles) per hour. A water-cooled battery system and an integrated heat management system enable long-distance driving and all-season weather operations.

DAPA has pushed for the introduction of various unmanned vehicles. Hyundai Rotem has been selected for a separate military project to develop technologies that can remotely operate unmanned mobile combat systems such as tanks, armored vehicles and self-propelled guns.

In April, a six-wheeled unmanned surveillance vehicle (USV) capable of carrying out reconnaissance missions or tracking a single target precisely on mountain roads will be deployed for cavalry units in 2027. A prototype developed by the state-run Agency for Defense Development (ADD) and defense companies such as Hanwha Defense has passed a test for operational performance and suitability for military use.

The USV is armed with a machine gun mounted on a remote-controlled weapon station. The platform can be reconfigured conveniently for other missions with the installation of different equipment like a detection device and drone for communications relay.

 

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A consortium led by the US-based Oshkosh Defense and South Korea’s Hanwha Defense will compete against four contenders to redesign the US Army’s infantry fighting vehicle, the Korean firm said Sunday.

The Oshkosh-Hanwha consortium is one of five contenders that will come up with conceptual designs for its fleet of optionally manned fighting vehicles. The new design is expected to replace around 3,500 M2 Bradley vehicles that have been used since 1981. The project’s budget is estimated at around 54 trillion won ($46.87 billion).

According to Hanwha Defense, a unit of Hanwha Group, the selected five will soon start the 15-month process to draft digital concept designs for the OMFV. The US Army will then narrow it down to three finalists which will proceed to suggest detailed designs and prototypes in around 2023. The final winner is to be selected by the second half of 2027.

The Oshkosh-Hanwha consortium’s new OMFV design will be created based on the chassis of the Redback infantry fighting vehicle developed by Hanwha Defense, the South Korean firm said.

The Redback is also one of two contenders for the Australian Army’s Land 400 Phase 3 project for a next-generation tracked armored IFV model.

Hanwha formed a consortium with Oshkosh in March for the US Army’s deal. It also established an office in the US in May to speed up cooperation with Oshkosh. The US office is reportedly recruiting engineers and experts on IFV.

“I firmly believe our team will offer the best solution for the OMFV program based on our advanced technologies and know-how accrued through the development and production of military combat vehicles,” Hanwha Defense CEO Son Jae-il said.

 

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The main reason for the development of the Redback is to export military weapons to allies and to replace the K21 infantry armored vehicles currently used by the Korean Army. It has been a long time since the production of the K21 infantry armored vehicle has been suspended, and Korea is now trying to convert its army into a mechanized army. I honestly don't know if the redback's export to Australia will be successful, but when the redback's prototype vehicle finishes testing in Australia, the Korean Army will be handed over to the Korean Army for testing and the Korean Army will decide to introduce the redback.
 

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The South Korean military validates a new locally developed protected multirole vehicle, called the KMPV Blue Shark, to support Korea’s products in the international defense export market.

The Korean military validates the KMPV Blue Shark vehicle by using them for a specified period.

Product trials conducted by the Army through the military’s validation initiative include performance tests and evaluations by Army operators. In return for freely lending their wares to the Army, defense suppliers receive evaluations that support their products in the international defense export market.


The medium-weight armoured-wheeled vehicle was developed by the Armor Kovico company by armed forces and for a wide range of Police and Law Enforcement special operations.

The vehicle has a length of 6.0m, a height of 2.3m and a gross weight (GVW) of 12,000kg. It can carry up to ten people, including three crew members and can be integrated with a variety of mission kits and complex systems for mission-specific roles. The maximum speed on the highway is 120 km/h.

It uses cost-effective, commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS) components and features an armoured monocoque cabin, which offers high-level protection and the highest internal volumes.

The basic level of armor protection is STANAG 4569 Level 2. The level of mine protection is STANAG 4569 Level 2a / 2b.


 

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SEOUL, Sept. 28 (Yonhap) -- South Korea decided Tuesday to develop an advanced amphibious assault vehicle for Marine Corps operations with its own technology, the arms procurement agency said.

The defense project promotion committee, presided over by Defense Minister Suh Wook, approved the development project expected to be completed around 2036 with a budget of 2.1 trillion won (US$1.77 billion), according to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA).

The envisioned asset, which will replace the country's aging tanks, is expected to ensure advanced mobility and survivability, the DAPA said, adding that the country will soon begin the development of an engine and other major parts.

During the meeting, the government also approved the plan to develop a new type of the 130-millimeter anti-ship guided rocket-II system. The project worth 380 billion won will be led by the state-run Agency for the Defense Development and wrapped up by 2023, the DAPA said.

"This program is expected to boost our capabilities to respond to coastal artillery and amphibious raid threats by enemies. We will also be able to secure key advanced defense technologies," the agency said in a release.

 

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+++ BREAKING NEWS +++

ROK wins multi-billion $ deal with Hanwha Redback over Rheinmetall Lynx in Australia‘s Land 400 Phase 3 tender for a reduced no. of 129 IFVs.

Australia chooses Korean infantry fighting vehicle – reports​

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26 July 2023 22:06
By Peter Roberts

The federal government has done what all governments have done recently – leaked the result of a critical government decision to favoured news sources.

In this case selected media are reporting tonight that the government has decided to buy 129 infantry fighting vehicles from South Korea’s Hanwha Defense over its German rival for the contract Rheinmetall.

Australia will purchase the Hanwha Redback IFV specially developed for Australia rather than the German company’s Lynx.

The Redback features a turret including a remote weapons system provided by Australian defence contractor Electro Optic Systems – an Australian inclusion that perhaps gave the Redback an advantage.

The contract, under the LAND 400 Phase 3 programme, will see the vehicles built in Geelong, Victoria, and potentially exported to Korea in future.

Earlier this week @AuManufacturing reported that a meeting of Australian and Korean officials had canvassed the potential purchase by the ROK Army of Redback vehicles.

Hanwha is also manufacturing a fleet of self-propelled howitzers for the Australian Defence Force under the LAND 8116 programme.

There have been attempts to bring together the interests of Korean and Australian defence customers and industries in the past.

However should the news reports be confirmed as is likely – a new era of defence cooperation beckons for the two nations.

 

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https://www.defence.gov.au/news-events/news/2023-07-27/redback-bring-army-some-sting

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I'm happy to have beaten Germany's Lynx, even though it's been scaled back considerably from the initial project 'LAND 400 Phase 3'.
At the same time, I feel that there are still many barriers in front of the Korean defense industry. It is true that we have achieved some success in the field of Land Defense, but we still rely on Germany for many important elements, such as engines. Of course, many engineers are working on replacing them, and the results are showing. However, the German brand power is too strong and the technical level is also very high. How can Korea overcome this and increase its market share? There are no shortcuts. It will take more R&D investment, innovation in production processes, and diplomatic efforts by the government.
 
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I have been telling this from the beginning, Redback is better than KF41 Lynx. But nobody listened.
 

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The coping of diverse tank fanboy groups are too funny.

🇩🇪 antis: „No way ssis Korean scrap metal is better than Rheinmetall. Our KF-41 Lynx has sse best engineering. Redback is dirt cheap and a pure political decision. Damn you Aussies, cancel the Boxer made in Australia deal!“

🇵🇱 antis: „Curva, Redback was a disaster in Poland: turret shit, heat signature shit, suspension shit. We‘ll build heavy version of Borsuk IFV! Polish defense industry is awaken!!!“

🇮🇩 antis: „Scamming Koreans only sell defect plastic toys. Their planes and submarines are pure shit. KF-21 is ripp-off, no ToT. You see, we buy Rafale and Scorpione, muahahahha!“

🇸🇪 antis: „CV90 is the best IFV in the whole wide world. Shake my blonde head, why they didn‘t buy it?“ (Aussies said out, it was too expensive)

🇺🇦 fanboys: „Give it to Ukraine for free!!! Why you ungrateful Koreans do nothing, we (who?) helped you during Korean War?! Slava Ukraini!“
 

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Actually, after weekend new framework should be sign with polish HSW for development of heavy IFV based on K9 chassis. Heavy IFV should be part of heavy 18 Division along with Abrams MBT (6-7 battalions - each with 58 tanks).
K2 from other divisions will be mated with local Borsuk IFV (framework deal signed for 1080 IFV and 300 other versions).
 

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