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Hanwha participates in Seoul ADEX 2021... Bringing space technology and advanced future weapon systems together in one place.

▷ Hanwha showcases its capabilities in the fields of space and future weapons systems at a large exhibition hall of 1,100 square meters from the 19th to 23rd. ▷ Space Hub Zone showcases Hanwha's 'New Space' technologies, including launch vehicles, satellite services, etc.

For the first time since the launch of the Space Hub in March, Hanwha showcases the space business capabilities of its defense affiliates.

Hanwha defense affiliates (Hanwha Corporation, Hanwha Aerospace, Hanwha Defense, and Hanwha Systems) operates an integrated exhibition hall of 1,100 m2 at the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition (Seoul ADEX 2021), which will be held at Seoul Airport (Seongnam City, Gyeonggi-do) from the 19th to the 23rd.

◎ The 75-ton rocket engine used in the NURI combustion test on display... Presenting a variety of space technologies leading the New Space era.

Hanwha Defense affiliates have organized a large Space Hub Zone in the center of the exhibition hall, covering space technologies such as launch vehicles, optical and communication satellites, and satellite propulsion systems.

The actual 75-ton liquid rocket engine (Hanwha Aerospace) used in the combustion experiment is on display, which is the same as the one installed on the NURI, which is set to launch from Goheung on June 21. NURI is a three-stage launch vehicle that can launch a 1.5-ton commercial satellite into low Earth orbit (600-800km). The first stage will have four 75-ton liquid engines, the second stage will have one 75-ton engine, and the third stage will have one 7-ton engine. Hanwha Aerospace participated in the total production of key components such as turbopumps and engines.

At the entrance of the exhibition booth, visitors could view the "solid fuel space launch vehicle (by Hanwha Corporation)" and the "satellite propulsion system (by Hanwha Corporation).” The solid fuel space launch vehicle is highly regarded as a technology that accelerates the participation of private companies in the space industry due to its advantages in terms of design, storage, rapid responsiveness, and production costs. The satellite propulsion system, which allows satellites to move in space, uses the thrust of the gas generated when the fuel is burned to perform functions such as attitude control and orbit correction. It is scheduled to be applied to the lunar exploration orbiter to be launched next year.

Various satellites are also exhibited such as the Low-Earth Orbit Communication Satellite Platform (Hanwha Systems), which is capable of providing a variety of satellite communication services, including space Internet, the Ultra-small SAR Satellite (Hanwha Systems), which is the first in Korea to be developed with a weight of less than 100kg and a resolution of 1m, and the Optical Satellite (Satrec Initiative), which has the highest resolution (pixel-by-pixel 0.3m) among commercial satellites in operation around the world.

* SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar): A technology that uses radar waves to observe objects by emitting radar waves from a satellite and then using the reflected waves. It can acquire high-resolution images even at night and in inclement weather. ◎ Future weapon systems with advanced technologies such as lasers, tilt-rotors, and AI on display.

Hanwha will unveil the “Small Laser Weapon System” as a solution to respond to threats from small aircraft such as drones. The Small Laser Weapon System, which is called the Korean version of the Star Wars project, can accurately hit small targets with high-energy lasers. It is also a low-cost, high-efficiency anti-aircraft weapon system that can be mounted on a variety of platforms from sport utility vehicles (SUVs) to armored vehicles through compactness and lightweight.

The Defense Tiltrotor Vertical Take-Off and Landing Vehicle, which utilizes civilian urban air mobility technology, is attracting attention in one corner of the exhibition hall. Hanwha Systems is developing a civil air mobility aircraft called "Butterfly" in partnership with Overair, a company based in the U.S.. The goal is to achieve commercialization by the year 2025. In preparation for its advanced development, the vertical takeoff and landing capability and high maneuverability of "Butterfly" make it suitable for various applications in the defense sector, including personnel and cargo transport, surveillance, and reconnaissance.

* Tilt-rotor: A vertical takeoff and landing aircraft with characteristics of both a helicopter and a turboprop airplane.

Also unveiled will be a "multi-purpose unmanned vehicle (by Hanwha Defense)" that can perform various missions on the battlefield through artificial intelligence-driven autonomous driving technology and remote control, without a human on board. Intelligent unmanned vehicles, instead of human soldiers, are expected to be a new weapon system that will upgrade the combat versatility of the military by transporting supplies, ammunition, and casualties while providing firepower support. Hanwha Defense has newly developed a 6-wheel drive unmanned vehicle that enhances loading weight and cruising distance compared to the existing one with the plan for its export in July.

Hanwha Aerospace CEO Hyun-woo Shin said that Hanwha will actively cooperate with the government to secure Korea's unique space technology, and continue to develop new business models such as satellite services, urban air mobility, and laser weapons to emerge as a global company that covers both space and defense.

◆ Company-specific exhibition participation content ◎ Hanwha Aerospace

Hanwha Aerospace is the only company in Korea specializing in gas turbine engines, and assumes a key role in the integrated development of the engine for the next-generation KF-21 fighter jet through a technological partnership with GE in the U.S.. With its accumulated advanced technology in gas turbine engines and the aerospace field, Hanwha Aerospace has been involved in the launch of the Korean-made vehicle, NURI, contributing to the production of key technologies such as liquid rocket engines, turbo pumps, and various valves. The company also continues to establish a leadership position in the aerospace industry.

At this exhibition, the engines that power the ROK Air Force's present and future are placed in the spotlight. Hanwha Aerospace will showcase the F100 engine for the F-15K and KF-16 fighter jets, the F404 engine for the T-50 trainer aircraft and FA-50 fighter aircraft, and the F414 engine for the next-generation KF-21 Boramae fighter jet,. Hanwha Aerospace will also unveil the LM2500, the main propulsion system for naval ships, the integrated electric propulsion system, and the anti-ship guided missile engine.

◎ Hanwha Corporation

Hanwha Corporation is actively pursuing the localization of advanced weapon systems in the Fourth Industrial Revolution era, and the future weapon system that applies high-energy laser technology is one of them. Hanwha Corporation has successfully developed a laser explosive neutralizer, which utilizes lasers to rapidly and safely deactivate improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and unexploded ordnance. In 2019, Hanwha Corporation was selected as the prototype production company for the Laser Air Defense Weapon System Development Project, led by the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), making it the first domestic company to be chosen for such a project. Moreover, in May, Hanwha Corporation is actively working on localization of laser weapon core technologies, and signed a prototype production contract with the Agency for Defense Development (ADD) for a laser emitter (valued at KRW 24.3 billion) as part of a 4-year development period.

It also boasts outstanding technological prowess in the field of navigation devices, which play a pivotal role in advanced weapon systems. The navigation system is a system that provides information on the position, speed, and attitude of an aircraft based on acceleration and angular velocity information measured by sensors without external help. It consists of an accelerometer sensor that measures acceleration, a gyro sensor that measures angular velocity, and a navigation computer. Also, anti-jamming technology is also being developed to safeguard satellite navigation devices from jamming (radio interference) signals. Hanwha Corporation has successfully developed and localized tactical-grade guided weapons and anti-jamming devices for ground vehicles.

◎ Hanwha Systems

Hanwha Systems spotlights its future technological prowess that will lead the advanced defense industry by proposing hyper-connected, hyper-intelligent, and hyper-convergent integrated solutions across all platforms for land, air, and space arenas including ▲space, ▲aviation, ▲air defense, ▲observation, ▲warrior platforms, and ▲communication technologies.

At the Space Hub Zone, Hanwha Systems will unveil an integrated solution for a hyper-space infrastructure that enables stable communication anywhere in the world, even while on the move, through the “Low Earth Orbit Satellite Constellation” and “Low-Earth Orbit Satellite Communication Antenna.” Also on display will be the “ultra-small SAR satellite”, which was developed for the first time in Korea, with a weight of less than 100 kg and a resolution of 1 m. SAR satellites are capable of acquiring all-weather image information without being affected by night and inclement weather conditions.

At the Air Zone, it will unveil a military tilt-rotor vertical takeoff and landing aircraft that utilizes urban air mobility technology for civilian use. Hanwha Systems, in partnership with Overair, is developing an urban air mobility aircraft that features vertical takeoff and landing capabilities and high maneuverability. This aircraft can be utilized in various aspects, including personnel and cargo transportation, surveillance, and reconnaissance, making it suitable for defense applications. Hanwha Systems is actively preparing for its pre-development phase.

At the Air Shield Zone, it will unveil ▲the multi-functional radar for the Korean Low Altitude Missile Defense (LAMD) system, which is called the Korean Iron Dome, as well as ▲the combat control technology and ▲radio frequency seeker technology that can be applied to guided missiles. Hanwha Systems boasts unrivaled radar technology competitiveness, including the development of the KF-21 AESA radar and the Ulsan-class frigate Batch-3 multifunctional radar, and is also recognized as Korea's leading technology in the field of combat control, including the development of the Army's air defense C2A, ship combat system, and Korea Theater Missile Operation Cell (KTMO Cell.)

In addition, the Surveillance Zone will showcase the Land 400 armored vehicle situational awareness camera, the 360-degree artificial intelligence (AI) situational awareness system, and the task-oriented dialog (TOD) AI video processing system. The Warrior Platform Zone will showcase intelligent weapon aiming systems and various key components for soldiers. The Communication Zone will display a future-oriented integrated terminal for organic integration and rapid information sharing between all platforms.

◎ Hanwha Defense

Under the theme of “The Future of the Defense Industry and Challenges to the Global Market,” Hanwha Defense will focus on AI/autonomous combat vehicles and their ability to develop next-generation technologies for the future battlefield.

Hanwha Defense is leading the development of defense robots that incorporate Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies such as artificial intelligence and plays a pioneering role in Korea’s “New Self-Reliant National Defense.” Since 2006, Hanwha Defense has carried out more than 15 national tasks related to unmanned systems and defense robots, and has the richest experience and proven technology in Korea.

The first product that piques interest is the "intelligent multi-purpose unmanned vehicle”. Intelligent multi-purpose unmanned vehicles are expected to be a weapon system that will upgrade the combat efficiency of our army one step further. They, in place of human soldiers, can transport supplies, ammunition, and casualties, and can also provide firepower support with the weapons they are equipped with remotely. The multi-purpose unmanned vehicle is future unmanned system equipment that has not yet been deployed in the world, and is a 2-ton vehicle that is assigned to the infantry. It is a future defense robot system that can perform a variety of missions, such as △ surveillance and reconnaissance, △ communication relay, △ material transportation, △ wounded soldier transportation, and △ close combat, remotely or autonomously instead of soldiers in dangerous battlefield environments. In particular, the intelligent multi-purpose vehicle on a six-wheel drive platform newly developed by Hanwha Defense in July has the world's best performance, with major performance enhancements such as load weight and cruising range, and is expected to be equipped by our military as well as exported overseas in the future. The vehicle entered trial operations after signing a trial operation agreement with the 5th Infantry Division of the Army on the 28th last month.

The hybrid electric propulsion system for tracked vehicles, which is touted as the next-generation power source, also seized the spotlight.

The hybrid electric propulsion system for tracked vehicles is a next-generation power system that operates high-power motors with electric energy from batteries or hydrogen fuel cells to move tracked vehicles such as armored vehicles and tanks. Hanwha Defense will lead a project to develop key technologies for hybrid electric drive systems for tracked vehicles, including electromechanical transmissions (EMTs) starting from this year-end, and plans to complete it by 2025. The use of hybrid electric drive propulsion for tracked vehicles such as armored vehicles and tanks can not only improve mobility and fuel efficiency compared to existing internal combustion engine tracked vehicles, but also improve survivability through low-noise driving and gain many advantages during military operations. It is expected to make a significant contribution to the improvement of the future power of our military.

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