Artillery vehicle

Hanwha set to start production of “artillery killer” missiles

by Jon Grevat

Hanwha’s Korean Tactical Surface-to-Surface Missile System (KTSSM) from Hanwha, pictured at the DX Korea 2022 show in Goyang. (Janes/Jon Grevatt)

Hanwha Corporation will begin mass production of the Korean Tactical Surface-to-Surface Missile System (KTSSM) from 2023, the company announced at the DX Korea 2022 exhibition in Goyang on Sept. 22.

The company said
that it is also preparing a vehicle-launched version of the system, which could take three years to develop.

Mass production of the KTSSM, also known as the “Artillery Killer”, was originally scheduled to begin in late 2020 or 2021, but was reportedly delayed because the United States had not approved the export of some of the components of the KTSSM.

A Hanwha Corporation spokesperson did not confirm whether those approvals had been obtained, but said the company is “currently preparing to start production of the missile next year.” The deployment of the missiles is expected to start from late 2023 or 2024.

In response to a requirement from the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA), the company is also preparing to start development of a version of the missile that can be launched from an 8×8 vehicle, the company said. spokesperson.

This development program will aim to enable the missile to be fired from Hanwha’s Chun-Mu multiple rocket system, which is integrated into an 8×8 cross-country chassis, the spokesperson added. The development program has not yet started but is expected to progress in 2023.

In November 2020, South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said it had approved the purchase of at least 200 KTSSMs under a five-year one-year program. worth about KRW 320 billion ($229 million).

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