South Korea’s Hanwha Group, a leading energy-to-defense conglomerate, is set to make waves at the upcoming International Defense Industry Exhibition (MSPO) in Poland by introducing an array of cutting-edge weapons and defense systems. With a strong focus on unmanned vehicles, advanced reconnaissance capabilities, and space-based solutions, Hanwha is poised to make a significant impact on the global defense market.
Unmanned Vehicle with Surface-to-Surface Missile: Chungum
At the forefront of Hanwha’s showcase is a groundbreaking prototype – an unmanned ground vehicle armed with a surface-to-surface missile known as Chungum. Hanwha Aerospace, the group’s defense and aerospace unit, is collaborating with the state-run Agency for Defense Development on this ambitious project.
The Chungum autonomous system is designed to excel in search and reconnaissance missions in areas often challenging for soldiers and conventional systems to cover. Its ability to operate efficiently in broader target ranges and neutralize enemy tanks makes it a formidable addition to modern military arsenals.
Hanwha Areospace zaprezentuje na #MSPO2023 w Kielcach najnowsze technologie obronne we wszystkich domenach. Zapraszamy na stoisko G49 aby poznać szeroką gamę naszych systemów lądowych, rozwiązań morskich i lotniczo-kosmicznych pic.twitter.com/xNdFpUZOgz
— Hanwha Aerospace Europe (@HanwhaEurope) September 5, 2023
Post Translation: “Hanwha Aerospace will present the latest defense technologies in all domains at #MSPO2023 in Kielce. Visit booth G49 to explore our wide range of land, maritime, and aerospace systems.”
Sonar Autonomous Underwater Vehicle for Precise Reconnaissance
Hanwha Aerospace is also set to unveil a sonar autonomous underwater vehicle that promises to revolutionize submarine reconnaissance. This cutting-edge underwater drone can create precise 3D terrain maps, even in murky underwater conditions. It is expected to play a crucial role in enhancing the capabilities of naval forces worldwide.
Moreover, these autonomous underwater vehicles can work in coordination with uncrewed surface vehicles, enabling real-time communication and more precise search and reconnaissance missions, further strengthening defense capabilities.
Explosive Detection and Removal Robot
In response to the growing demand for post-conflict reconstruction solutions and safer landmine removal techniques, Hanwha is introducing a state-of-the-art robot designed to detect and remove explosives. This uncrewed device can efficiently and safely search for landmines, eliminating the need for military personnel to handle this dangerous task manually.
Infantry Fighting Vehicle Redback
Hanwha Aerospace will also be presenting its infantry fighting vehicle, the Redback, designed for countries seeking advanced weaponry. This vehicle has already been selected as the preferred option to replace Australia’s armored personnel carriers, marking a significant step for Hanwha in expanding its global footprint.
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3,000-Ton Submarine Jangbogo-III Batch-II
Hanwha Ocean, a subsidiary of the group, will showcase the 3,000-ton submarine named Jangbogo-III Batch-II. This advanced submarine, powered by lithium-ion batteries and diesel engines, offers extended operational capabilities, diving three times longer than lead-acid batteries. The Netherlands, Canada, and Poland have shown interest in replacing their submarines with this state-of-the-art model.
Space-Based Reconnaissance Solution
Hanwha Systems, a leader in combat management systems, is set to unveil a space-based reconnaissance solution. This innovation can seamlessly connect to the weapon systems networks of the Army, Navy, and Air Force. The low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite ensures stable communication during wartime or disasters, while the ultrasmall Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite provides precise observations of land, ocean, and air, even in adverse weather conditions.
W tym roku pierwszy raz na #MSPO20223 prezentujemy najnowsze technologie w obszarze okrętów podwodnych. Hanwha Areospace jest globalnym liderem w rozwoju i produkcji akumulatorów litowo-jonowych. Dzisiaj oferujemy Polsce partnerstwo przemysłowe przy programie #Orka. Produkowany… pic.twitter.com/6ZV1qfCt0t
— Hanwha Aerospace Europe (@HanwhaEurope) September 6, 2023
As the largest trade fair for military equipment in Central and Eastern Europe, the MSPO provides a unique platform for the Hanwha Group to showcase its next-generation defense technologies. In a statement, the company expressed its excitement about potential collaborations between Korea and Poland in the field of defense industry.
Hanwha Group’s commitment to expanding its presence in key markets, including Europe and North America, is evident in its substantial investments and strategic partnerships. With a recent deal to export K9 howitzers and Chunmoo multiple rocket launchers to Poland, Hanwha Aerospace aims to establish a regional production base to meet the rising demand for advanced defense solutions.
MSPO 2023: A Global Hub for Defense Innovation and Collaboration
The MSPO, running from September 5 to 8 at Centre d’expositions de Kielce in Poland, serves as a comprehensive showcase of military equipment and a platform for international business meetings and contracts between manufacturers and defense sector entities such as the Hanwha Group subsidiaries. This exhibition represents the first global event attended jointly since the merger of Hanwha Aerospace and Hanwha Munitions in April and the addition of Hanwha Ocean to the group in May.
Ranked third among Europe’s exhibitions, after Paris and London, this year’s MSPO promises to be an equally remarkable event, featuring a wide array of cutting-edge defense technology, from helicopters and armored equipment to advanced communication systems, food preparation solutions, medical supplies, and more.
In a statement, Andrzej Mochoń, President of the Board of Targi Kielce, rightly points out that the conflict in Ukraine may not conclude in the coming year, and even if it does, the lingering distrust among nations necessitates a continued focus on defense and deterrence.
In conclusion, Hanwha’s participation in the MSPO underscores its commitment to pushing the boundaries of defense technology. With its innovative unmanned systems, underwater reconnaissance capabilities, explosive detection robots, and space-based solutions, Hanwha Group is poised to impact the global defense industry, contributing to the security and protection of nations worldwide.