C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

Details of North Korean C4I systems emerge

16 March 2017

Details have emerged of North Korean C4I developments following a United Nations investigation into a Malaysian-based company used by North Korea to sell defence equipment abroad.

The company, Global Communications Co. (Glocom), was not previously known to be a North Korean entity and offers indications of the state's domestic C4I capabilities. The company's broad offering of C4I products includes manportable, vehicle-mounted, naval and air systems, as well as battle management systems (BMS), and cryptographic equipment. Glocom has already exported some of these, with a July 2016 maritime interdiction revealing that the company has supplied manportable radio equipment to Eritrea.

The manportable systems offered by Glocom include the GR-150 software-defined high frequency (HF) tactical radio, operating in the 1.6 to 30 MHz range with 10 hops per second digital frequency hopping, AES246 digital encryption, 3G ALE and NVIS functionality, and a remote-control function.

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