Flying Tiger sharpens claws [INDODEF16-D2]

02 November 2016

The Republic of Korea (ROK) has deployed the Bi Ho (Flying Tiger) twin 30mm self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG) for many years. The latest version is now operational with the ROK and is called the Hybrid Bi Ho, which is already being offered on the export market by Hanwha Defense Systems (Hall D, Stand 285).

It retains its twin Rheinmetall Air Defence KCB 30mm cannons, but mounted externally either side of the turret is a pod of two LIG Nex1 Singung (Chiron) fire-and-forget surface-to- air missiles (SAM), which are claimed to have a maximum effective range of 7,000m and a maximum altitude of 3,500m. The Singung SAM was first deployed by the ROK in a tripod-mounted version, and the solid propellant missile features a high-explosive blast fragmentation warhead.

In a typical target engagement, the missiles would be used to engage targets at a long range, with the 30mm cannon being used to engage close targets, as well as having a secondary ground/ground capability. The 30mm cannon has a cyclic rate of fire of 300 rounds per minute and, in the air defence role, has a maximum effective range of 3,000m. The Hybrid Bi Ho retains its retractable TPS-830K surveillance radar, which operates in the X-band mounted on the roof at the rear of the two-person turret, but can also receive target information from an overall air defence command centre.

Once targets have been confirmed as hostile, these are handed over to the day/night sighting system installed on the forward part of the turret. This panoramic sensor package includes day/night (forward looking infra-red) elements and a laser rangefinder, which are coupled to the computerised fire control system. Hybrid Bi Ho also has an additional roof-mounted panoramic day/ night sighting system, which would allow the commander to search for targets more rapidly if the radar was not being used due to enemy countermeasures.

Flying Tiger uses the same tracked platform as the Pegasus (Chun Mi) self-propelled SAM system, which has eight longer range missiles in the ready-to-launch position.

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