South Korea has begun series production of a locally developed automatic command-and-control system, the country's Defence Acquisition Programme Administration (DAPA) announced on 22 January.
The move comes after DAPA had awarded Hanwha Systems - the lead company in the programme - a KRW32.9 billion (USD29.1 million) contract in December 2018 to produce an initial 12 'Command, Control, and Alert' (C2A) systems, according to the Yonhap News Agency.
The C2A system, which was developed from 2011 to 2017 by a team led by the state-owned Agency for Defence Development in co-operation with more than 20 local companies, is expected to enter service with the Republic of Korea Armed Forces - and be integrated with the country's air-defence system - in late 2019.
Unlike the current system, the data for which is verbally relayed up the chain by radio communications, the new command-and-control system will transmit this data digitally in real time. DAPA pointed out that C2A will reduce the amount of time needed to detect and respond to a hostile target from what is currently up to 3 minutes down to 30 seconds.
The system is also designed to assign a target to the air-defence weapon system best suited to counter it.
From an image supplied by DAPA, the C2A system comprises three main components. The first is a secure digital data (and presumed digital voice) radio modem used by the detection assets and additional levels in the command chain.
The second is a new truck-based C2 unit that distributes the data from the detection assets to the higher-level command structure, forward air-defence systems, and other assets.
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