SEOUL – Unmanned defense systems and advanced weapons to combat drone threats dominated a weapons exhibition outside Seoul, South Korea this week.
During the biennial At the DX Korea event, held November 18-20, local defense companies showcased their latest unmanned aerial vehicle technologies and technologies to combat drones.
Hanwha Corporation, a leading developer of guided missile technology and a subsidiary of the Hanwha Group, introduced its new family of laser weapon systems. The company introduced two types of anti-drone laser weapons: one for installation in light tactical vehicles and a laser-based anti-aircraft weapon in a container configuration. The latter, referred to as Block I, can be modified to a self-propelled Block II system, but specifications were not disclosed.
Hanwha Corporation is a partner in an anti-drone laser weapon development project led by the government agency for defense development.
“The laser-based anti-aircraft weapon is a new armament concept for launching small aerial targets, including drones and multi-copters, with a light source laser,” the company said in a press release. “Prototypes of the laser weapon variants are developed together with the ADD.”
The company also showed anti-jamming devices that can be built into tactical guided missiles, as well as military vehicles and naval vessels.
Hanwha Systems – also a subsidiary of the Hanwha Group – showed a model of its personal aircraft Butterfly, which was developed with the US air taxi startup Overair. Working with Overair, Hanwha Systems plans to fully develop the Vertical Takeoff and Landing Electric Vehicle (eVTOL) by 2040 to encourage military sales.
“Using technologies resulting from the development of commercial eVTOL, we will advance the development of a military variant that can perform multiple missions, including special operations, transport and assault,” the company said in a press release.
In the meantime, Hyundai Rotem presented its unmanned HR Sherpa ground vehicle to support infantry troops.
The six-wheel drive vehicle can move autonomously or remotely to perform missions such as surveillance, medical assistance, and chemical detection. It has a payload of 600 kilograms and a combat weight of 1,800 kilograms. It is equipped with airless tires and is powered by a battery with an operating time of six hours at a speed of 5 km / h.
LIG Nex1 presented the third version of its unmanned surface ship Sea Sword for defense on the river after other marine variants.
The ship has a high-speed monohull design and is made of fiber-reinforced plastic. Equipped with a diesel engine and a water jet propulsion system, the boat can sail at a top speed of 40 knots and has an operating time of up to eight hours at 15 knots.
A specially developed autonomous navigation system enables the ship to carry out surveillance and reconnaissance missions based on a preprogrammed route.
The Hanwha Group ranked 32nd on the World’s Defense News 100 Best Defense Companies list. LIG Nex1 was in 68th place, Hyundai Rotem in 95th place.