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Defense & Security 2022: LIG Nex1 unveils newly developed RCWS

LIG Nex1 has unveiled a newly developed remote controlled weapon station fitted with the company's Raybolt anti-tank guided missiles and a 12.7 mm cannon. (Janes/Jon Grevatt)

South Korean firm LIG Nex1 has unveiled a newly developed remote controlled weapon station (RCWS) at the Defense & Security 2022 show in Bangkok.

The company also disclosed to Janes that the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) is the newest customer of its Korean GPS-Guided Bomb (KGGB).

A company official said that the RCWS, which has not yet been named, can be configured as an anti-tank weapon or as a short-range air defence system.

The former is equipped with LIG Nex1 Raybolt anti-tank guided missiles, while the latter is fitted with the company's Chiron short-range air defence missiles. In both configurations, the RCWS is also fitted with a 12.7 mm cannon made by South Korean firm SNT Motiv.

The LIG Nex1 official said the new RCWS is a concept prototype but the company is proposing the capability to the Republic of Korea Armed Forces as well as export customers.

At the defence show, the company displayed its KGGB, which was developed in the early 2010s by LIG Nex1 in collaboration with South Korea's Agency for Defense Development for the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF).

An official confirmed to Janes that the RTAF has acquired an undisclosed number of KGGB systems, which will be fitted to the service's T-50TH Golden Eagle lead-in fighter trainer aircraft/light attack aircraft built by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI).

Janes understands that the KGGB systems will be delivered for fitting onto the aircraft in 2023. The RTAF has ordered 14 T-50THs, with deliveries starting in 2018.

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