Hyundai Rotem has won an order for the rapid pilot acquisition of multi-purpose unmanned vehicles by South Korea’s Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), the company announced Nov. 24.
The company said that it plans to supply a support system for pilot operation in the military along with two 2t-class multipurpose unmanned vehicles within six months from the date of signing the contract.
Multipurpose unmanned vehicles are remote and unmanned vehicles of 2t or less that can be equipped and operated with various equipment depending on the mission. Search, reconnaissance, and fire support for dangerous areas expected in the future battlefield environment are possible to enhance the survival of soldiers.
This project is promoted to introduce and pilot multipurpose unmanned vehicles for the first time in Korea, and is part of the rapid pilot acquisition project. The expedited pilot acquisition project is a project that allows the military to determine power requirements through pilot operation of products applied with new technologies in the era of the 4th industrial revolution and quickly convert the following quantities, and can greatly shorten the acquisition period of the existing weapon system.
With this business order, Hyundai Rotem has preoccupied the advantage of targeting various unmanned system projects that are expected to be required in the future, such as the multipurpose unmanned vehicle power generation project. In addition to 2t-class multipurpose unmanned vehicles, Hyundai Rotem plans to further develop unmanned vehicles for various purposes according to future demands to establish itself as a leading company in unmanned systems and expand its market penetration.
The multi-purpose unmanned vehicle that Hyundai Rotem will supply this time is equipped with a remote controlled weapon station (RCWS) based on its own developed’HR-Sherpa’, which can automatically track and shoot targets from a distance.
The HR-Sherpa is equipped with airless tires, so it can continuously maneuver without a puncture even when attacked by the enemy, and can rotate 360 degrees in place. In addition, it has excellent driving capability that maximizes the advantages of unmanned vehicles, such as remote driving, dependent driving that follows personnel in front of the vehicle, and autonomous driving of route points that navigate by self-searching for a designated route.