South Korea’s Hanwha Defence is displaying the upgraded K9A1, an improved version of its classic 155mm/52-calibre K9 Self Propelled Howitzer (SPH) at the ongoing EDEX, marking the North Africa show debut for the SPH. In addition to the K9A1, Hanwha Defence is also showcasing a new version of the Remoted Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS), and fifth generation Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) for the first time in Cairo. Hanwha Defence is the only company in South Korea to develop and produce RCWS of its own. The lightweight RCWS on display is fitted with K6 or K4 machine guns. The new RCWS variant can be integrated to tanks, armored vehicles, and light-tactical vehicles. The South Korean Navy and Marine Corps respectively have awarded Hanwha Defence with contracts to supply these RCWS for their highspeed patrol vessels and amphibious assault vehicles.
“AIMING TO BECOME ONE OF THE TOP LAND SYSTEMS
DEVELOPERS IN THE WORLD, HANWHA DEFENSE PUTS A TOP
PRIORITY ON DEVELOPING SOPHISTICATED TECHNOLOGY
TO PROVIDE GLOBAL-LEADING DEFENSE SOLUTIONS,” said Son
Jae-il, President & CEO of Hanwha
“ALIGNED WITH THE SOUTH KOREAN GOVERNMENT’S
‘K-DEFENCE GLOBALIZATION STRATEGY, WE WILL
ACCELERATE EFFORTS TO FURTHER EXPAND THE
FOOTPRINT OF SOUTH KOREA’S ADVANCED DEFENSE
EQUIPMENT IN THE GLOBAL DEFENSE MARKET.”
The K9 is in service with seven countries South Korea, Turkey, India, Poland, Finland, Norway and Estonia with Australia to add to this list. More than 1700 K9 SPH are operational today.
The next-generation Redback IFV is competing for the Australian Army’s LAND 400 Phase 3 programme. The Redback features a range of state-of-the-art technologies, including composite rubber tracks, the advanced In-arm Suspension Unit that dispenses with torsion barks allowing more space for effective blast mitigation, and the Iron Vision see-through helmet-mounted display technology.
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