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IDEX 2017: Hanwha Systems unveils battalion-and-below BMS

24 February 2017

Key Points

  • Development of the Vista software was completed in 2014 and operational testing completed in early 2016
  • Three hardware variants have been developed to host the system

Hanwha Systems showcased the new Vista battalion-and-below battle management system (BMS) it has developed for the Republic of South Korea Army at the 2017 International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi. The Hanwha Group acquired the defence business of Samsung Thales in 2015-16.

The Hanwha Vista-VM and Vista-PL, which will host the new Vista BMS from Hanwha for the South Korean Army. (Giles Ebbutt)The Hanwha Vista-VM and Vista-PL, which will host the new Vista BMS from Hanwha for the South Korean Army. (Giles Ebbutt)

The Vista software provides the standard functionality of a BMS including real-time situational awareness including Blue-Force Tracking, the transmission of formatted command-and-control (C2) messages, terrain analysis, and meteorological data. It allows text message conferencing and the transmission and display of air defence and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) warnings. It also provides personnel and logistic reports.

Three hardware variants have been developed to host the system. The Vista-Handheld (HH) is an Android/Windows-ready device weighing 550 g with a 5-inch LCD touchscreen. For external interfaces it has a 100 Mb/s Ethernet port, a USB port, and two RS232 ports.

The Vista-Portable Laptop (PL) weighs 3 kg, has the same operating system, a 10-inch LCD touchscreen, and additional Ethernet and RS422 ports. There is also the Vista-Vehicle Mounted (VM), which has a Windows 7 OS, a 10.4-inch touchscreen, and greater shock resistance for use in armoured vehicles including tanks.

There is also a version for helicopter installation, but this was not displayed.

Hyun Jae Lee, Hanwha overseas strategy manager, told Jane's that development of the software was completed in 2014 and operational testing had been completed in early 2016. He said that the system uses a standard Korean message protocol, which is compatible with US systems, allowing interoperability at the tactical level.

Hyun said that the South Korean Army is still finalising its plans for development of its network centric capability, but fielding of Vista was likely to start in late 2017.

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