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Hanwha Defence to Test Unmanned Ground Vehicle

Hanwha Defence to Test Unmanned Ground Vehicle

Korea's major Defence contractor Hanwha Defence and an army infantry division have started the test operation of a six-wheeled a 2-ton class Multi-Purpose Unmanned Ground Vehicle (M-UGV ) that can carry up to 500 kilograms (1,102 pounds) of cargo and travel more than 100 kilometres (62.1 miles) per charge.

The six-wheeled electric vehicle dubbed the intelligence UGV (I-UGV), unveiled in July 2021. Hanwha Defence has previously showcased that a four-wheeled 1.5-ton electric vehicle that can move at a top speed of 30 kilometres per hour on paved roads. The M-UGV can be controlled remotely or autonomously to carry out various surveillance, logistics transport, evacuation of casualties, and combat engagement missions.

According to a statement issued by Hanwha Defence on October 8, the field demonstration of an I-UGV began at an army infantry division to evaluate various capabilities such as remote control, GPS-based autonomous driving, and remote-controlled weapon system (RCWS). Hanwha stated that the I-UGV would be remotely controlled or operated autonomously on battlefields for surveillance missions. It has a low silhouette for such missions and is equipped with airless tyres.

The I-UGV, like its smaller brother M-UGV, may perform missions like reconnaissance, communication relay, logistical transport, casualty transport, and close combat. The RCWS from Hanwha Defence is an artificial intelligence-based weapon turret system. It can detect gunfire and fire back in the direction of the source of the sound.

When the radio signal is lost, the six-wheeled I-UGV will attempt to re-establish communication with the control tower. If it cannot reconnect with the control tower, the I-UGV will return to its starting location independently.