South Korean firm LIG Nex1 will be supported by Italy’s Leonardo as a strategic technology partner, as the two companies bid together to carry out the South Korean Defense Acquisition Programme Agency (DAPA)’s IFF (Identification Friend or Foe) upgrade requirement.
The announcement was made at the ongoing show and will the requirement will result in IFF equipment on aircraft operated by RoK Armed Forces updated to the latest ‘Mode 5’ standard. The latest Mode 5 standard equipment uses advanced cryptographic techniques to secure the IFF system against attempts by enemies to deceive or jam.
Leonardo continues to increase its presence in South Korea and in 2017, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a leading Korean defence contractor to jointly provide avionics and mission systems, initially in relation to targeting systems, for the Republic of Korea and internationally.
Leonardo has also completed an Electronic Warfare Operational Support (EWOS) knowledge transfer programme for the RoK Navy, Air Force and the Agency for Defence Development (ADD).
The RoK Navy currently also operates, Leonardo’s AW159 helicopters which are equipped with the same Leonardo ‘Seaspray’ Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars, Helicopter Integrated Defensive Aids Suite (HIDAS) and carry the company’s latest-generation ‘SAGE’ electronic warfare systems.