Hyundai Rotem, Kongsberg to collaborate on unmanned turrets for next-generation vehicles
29 September 2022
by Jon Grevatt
Hyundai Rotem is developing a next-generation wheeled armoured vehicle (left) and main battle tank (right). Scale models of both platforms were displayed at the DX Korea 2022 exhibition. (Janes/Jon Grevatt)
Hyundai Rotem and Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace have partnered to develop unmanned turrets for next-generation military vehicles being developed by the South Korean company.
Hyundai Rotem said on 28 September that the memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed by the two firms at the DX Korea 2022 defence exhibition in Goyang, which concluded on 25 September.
The agreement provides an opportunity for the companies to co-operate on developing unmanned turrets for next-generation vehicles, as well as “unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) protection systems”.
Kongsberg declined to comment on the agreement, and Hyundai Rotem had not responded to a request for more information, at the time of publication.
understands that the co-operation will focus on Hyundai Rotem's development of its next-generation wheeled armoured vehicle (NGWAV) and next-generation main battle tank (NGMBT).
Scale models of both platforms were displayed at the DX Korea 2022 exhibition.
New concept imagery of KAI's MUM-T project shows the company's Light Attack Helicopter (LAH) teamed with at least three Air Launched Effects (ALE). The company has conceptualised this UAV as both a reconnaissance platform and a loitering munition. (Korean Aerospace Industries)
Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has signed an agreement with a research body to bolster the development of its manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) system for combat helicopters.
On November 29, KAI announced that it had entered into an agreement with the Korea Research Institute for Defense Technology Planning and Advancement (KRIT)to develop technologies for the programme.
According to KAI, this includes the development of “manned and unmanned autonomous co-operation and decision support system technology for small armed helicopter manned and unmanned complex systems”.
The major components of the agreement include the development of a mission performance system for small combat helicopters to enable MUM-T.
KAI and KRIT will also seek to develop a “real-time composite battlefield information situation awareness technology. The two entities will also work to implement manned and unmanned combined operation decision support technology,” the company added.
Israeli Sa'ar 6 corvette tests Barak LRAD air defence missile
02 December 2022
by Yaakov Lappin
The Sa'ar 6 corvette INS
launches a Barak LRAD during the test.
(Israeli Ministry of Defense)
The Israeli Navy and Israel Ministry of Defense (MoD) conducted the first live-fire trial of the LRAD variant of the Barak surface-to-air missile from one of the new Sa'ar 6 corvettes, the MoD announced on 30 November.
The MoD referred to the overarching naval air-defence system as Barak Magen, which was confusing as the test was conducted by INS
, the first of the four Sa'ar 6s.
“The Barak Magen system includes an advanced radar for detecting threats, a weapons system, and a long-range interceptor made by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI),” the MoD said. “During the trial, which forms a first proof of capability of its type from the sea, the Barak Magen system successfully completed a process of detection and interception in a challenging scenario, against a target that simulated an advanced cruise missile,” the MoD said.
The Cetus vehicle will have a modular payload bay that can be extended by inserting an additional section. (MSubs)
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected Plymouth-based MSubs to deliver a new extra-large autonomous underwater vehicle (XL-AUV) to support the Royal Navy (RN) to explore the utility of uncrewed submarines in the future underwater battlespace.
Known as Project Cetus − named after a mythological sea monster – the new vehicle is seen as a first step in developing an operational XL-AUV that could operate independently, or work side by side, with crewed submarines such as the Astute class or the future Submersible Ship Nuclear (Replacement) (SSN(R)) as part of a hybrid Maritime Underwater Future Capability (MUFC). The intention is that the XL-AUV – which the MoD claims will be “the largest and most complex crewless submersible operated by a European navy” – will be used as an experimental asset to reduce the risks associated with the acquisition of future large AUVs and their payloads.
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