South Korean defence prime Hanwha has taken the opportunity at the DX Korea 2018 land forces exhibition to unveil a new 6×6 unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) prototype that will be further developed to meet a future requirement of the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA).
Jane’s understands from Hanwha representatives that it was selected by the South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) and the Agency for Defense Development (ADD) to be the prime contractor to develop the RoKA’s future unmanned reconnaissance and combat vehicles after successful technology demonstrations and field trials in 2017, edging out rival Hyundai Rotem’s Future Combat Vehicle (FCV) concept for the win.
Under development by the Defense Robot Team at its Hanwha Land Systems (formerly known as Samsung Techwin) business unit, the 6-tonne UGV prototype is presently called the Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle and measures about 4.6 m long, 2.49 m wide, and 1.85 m tall with its telescopic sensor mast retracted.
The prototype UGV can carry a payload of about 1 tonne and has been shown with a stabilised remote weapon station (RWS) armed with an S&T Motiv 12.7 mm K6 heavy machine gun, although it can be outfitted with other weapons depending on mission requirements. A scale model concept of the UGV shown elsewhere in the exhibition was seen with an RWS armed with a 7.62 mm machine gun as well as an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) launcher with two missiles.
The vehicle is also equipped with an electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) turret mounted on a telescopic mast, which is aimed at improving operator situational awareness and vehicle survivability by enabling the vehicle to conceal itself behind intervening terrain. The EO/IR turret can also be fitted with a laser designator to guide precision munitions or indirect fires from other friendly units.
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