Hanwha today announced that it will showcase next-generation unmanned artillery capabilities including the K9 Thunder Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH) at AUSA 2022
The world’s most proven artillery system already in service with nine countries, the SPH will be in the spotlight at this year’s Land Power Expo hosted by the Association of the United States Army (AUSA).
The 155mm/52 caliber gun will be on display alongside the K10 Ammunition Replenishment Vehicle (ARV) at AUSA 2022, which runs October 10-12 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC
The display of K9 family vehicles follows their successful demonstration of compatibility with various US munitions at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona in September. The latest live demonstration was conducted under the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) signed between Hanwha and the U.S. Army Combat Capability Development Command Armaments Center (DEVCOM AC) in 2021, with the aim of evaluating the feasibility, performance and capabilities of transporting and firing American munitions by Hanwha’s artillery platforms.
“The demonstration successfully achieved all of its CRADA objectives, having shown the full interoperability of K9 and K10 vehicles with US ammunition and loads, in addition to extended range, firing and scooting and high rate of fire of the K9 system,” John said. Kelly, president and CEO of Hanwha Defense USA. “The collaboration with DEVCOM AC and the US Army Test and Evaluation Command in Yuma has been excellent.”
The K9 Thunder is a most proven tracked platform, enabling authentic and sustained 360 degree firing solutions, delivering consistent, accurate and fast spin at +40km range with high rates of fire and high volumes of fire .
The K10 is a fully automated ammunition supply vehicle designed to be used in conjunction with the K9. Based on the same chassis as the K9 SPH, the ARV carries a total of 104 rounds and has the same mobility as the K9.
In Yuma, Hanwha’s gunnery team demonstrated the capabilities of the K9A1 SPH and K10 ARV by loading and firing various types of US ammunition, such as M795 155mm projectiles, XM1113 Rocket Assisted Projectiles (RAP) and charges from the Modular Artillery Charge System (MACS).
Through the live capability test, the K9A1 successfully proved its “Shoot and Scoot” capability, firing multiple rounds and immediately leaving position to negate the danger of counter-battery fire. Additionally, the artillery exhibited high levels of burst fire and rate of fire with the firing of three rounds in 16 seconds and six rounds in 45 seconds, respectively.
During the show, Hanwha will also showcase the growth potential of the K9 artillery system, which is being upgraded to the K9A2 version equipped with a fully automatic ammunition handling system.
With the automated turret, the K9A2 can achieve a rate of fire of at least nine rounds per minute, just with three crew members. Further down the line, a more futuristic K9 version, codenamed K9A3, will be developed to offer extended firing range and remote/autonomous driving modes.
At the Hanwha stand, visitors can see the company’s futuristic unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) _Arion-SMET_ and associated technologies. The Arion-SMET is a state-of-the-art UGV to perform multiple missions in support of infantry troops on the battlefield. The 6×6 UGV has a range of innovative capabilities, including autonomous off-road driving; remote-controlled maneuvers; and tethering devices to track soldiers.
The Arion-SMET can perform missions such as reconnaissance, communication relay, logistics/casualty transport and close combat. In particular, the next-generation vehicle has been designed to be optimized to support manned and unmanned team operations (MUM-T).
“In addition to such excellent legacy weapon systems such as K9, Hanwha Defense has been striving to provide robotic and autonomous systems with superb and tailor-made capabilities since 2006,” said Seo Youngwoo, executive vice president of the department. defense and autonomous robotics from Hanwha Defence. Systems development. “Arion-SMET is the latest edition of this effort that would remain strong in the era of the inaugural Manned-Unmanned Team (MUM-T), and has recently garnered much attention from the domestic market and international because its functionalities are easily extendable and its capacities are very competitive.
The vehicle is armed with a Remote Control Weapon Station (RCWS) based on the Deep Neural Network (DNN), which can detect the sound of gunfire and fire back in the direction of the sound’s origin. It can travel at on-road and off-road speeds of up to 43 km/h and 34 km/h, respectively, offering a payload capacity of 500 kg.
Hanwha will also showcase the TAIpers Tactical Guided Rocket, jointly developed by the Defense Development Agency. Also known as the Cheongeom, the TAIpers is an enhanced air-to-surface guided missile designed to be launched from a light attack helicopter.
The missile is equipped with an advanced dual-mode visual and infrared seeker for day and night operations, and its fiber optic data link and Man-In-The-Loop (MITL) operation allow the operator to perform both line of sight (LOS) and targeted strike missions without line of sight (NLOS).
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