Hanwha Group and Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace of Norway recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during the Eurosatory 2022 exhibition in Paris, France.
The MoU was signed by Hanwha’s three defense business subsidiaries – Hanwha Defense Corp., Hanwha Defense Australia (HDA) and Hanwha Corp. – and Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace, Norway’s leading provider of defense and aerospace-related systems and solutions.
The Norwegian Defense Materiel Agency has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for additional Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) and an RFI for Long Range Precision Firing Systems (LRPFS) will be issued later This year.
Hanwha Defense has a proven track record in developing and delivering advanced IFVs such as the K21 in service with the Republic of Korea Army and the Redback vying for the AU$18-27 billion LAND 400 project Phase 3 for the Australian Defense Force (ADF).
Participating in the ADF’s 2021 risk mitigation activity, the Redback has successfully demonstrated its lethality, mobility and survivability, thanks to its innovative technologies, including the Iron Fist hard active protection system -kill; the “transparent” Iron Vision helmet-mounted visor; and composite rubber tracks, among others.
The Redback also showcased its off-road handling during South Korean military trials from April to May, raising the possibility of service operation of Redback vehicles.
The MoU includes a means of collaboration on the LRPFS between Hanwha Corp., one of South Korea’s leading precision-guided weapons developers, and Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace.
“This MoU confirms our ongoing work with Kongsberg on various programs, including in Australia and internationally, bringing together the best technology solutions from across the business,” said Richard Cho, Managing Director of HDA.