[SPONSORED REPORTS] Hyundai Rotem focuses on future of defense systems

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[SPONSORED REPORTS] Hyundai Rotem focuses on future of defense systems

From left: K2 battle tank, wheeled armored vehicle, HR-Sherpa. [HYUNDAI ROTEM]

From left: K2 battle tank, wheeled armored vehicle, HR-Sherpa. [HYUNDAI ROTEM]

Since its foundation in 1977, Hyundai Rotem has been the sole supplier of tanks, associated vehicles and wheeled armored vehicles to the Korean Army.

In line with the fourth industrial revolution, Hyundai Rotem is focusing on the research and development of future defense systems, combining unmanned and autonomous operation technology, robotic technology and 5G communication.

The K2 Blackpanther main battle tank (MBT) is considered one of the world’s most advanced tanks. Due to Korea’s geo-strategic location, hundreds of K2 MBTs have been deployed for the Korean Army since 2014. Hyundai Rotem is gearing up advanced technologies such as remote controlled weapon systems and active protection systems considering rapid changes of unpredictable and unstable future battlefields.

Recently, Hyundai Rotem won a contract supplying combat engineering vehicles by 2023. Additionally, Hyundai Rotem secured an order to deliver the third batch of K806 and K808 wheeled armored vehicles (WAV) as well. Hyundai Rotem’s 6x6 and 8x8 wheeled armored vehicles have been deployed for the Korean Army since 2017.

In November 2019, Hyundai Rotem demonstrated HR-Sherpa unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at the Korea-Asean Special Summit based on partnership with KT, a Korean telecommunications company to develop 5G-enabled C2 technologies for commercial and military operations.

Hyundai Rotem will exhibit a K2 Blackpanther, K808 WAV and HR Sherpa UGV at the 2020 Defense & Security Expo Korea which will be held from Nov. 18 to 20. During the exhibition, mock-ups of Hyundai Rotem’s future main battle tank and K2PL (a K2 MBT designed for Poland) which was displayed at the International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO to attract attention from the global defense business industry.

By Ahn Tae-lahm [ahn.taelahm@joongang.co.kr]

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