South Korea’s Soosung Defense Industries Ltd. is expecting a huge demand for its Automatic Bore Cleaner (ABC), a device that is designed to efficiently clean the inside of the barrels for tanks and artillery.
According to a Soosung Defense official, “the ABC that we have developed is a fully automatic system that cleans quickly and requires only one operator.”
The current method of cleaning the barrel consists of several people with a steel brush at the end of a long pole which is manually inserted down the barrel repeatedly.
“Due to the linear movement of this manual method perfect cleaning could never be achieved especially against the tilted formation inside the rifled barrels. Even this way does damage to barrel severely. Many factors could influence the quality of cleaning such as the available manpower and time constraints which will result in reduced accuracy and life while increasing the risk for misfiring and explosions,” he says.
The efficiency of the ABC system will also benefit the soldiers by reducing fatigue and minimizing dangerous combat exposure time.