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Hanwha has signed a major agreement with the US military on collaborative research and development of key defence items and technologies. The Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) was signed on 10 December by the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Armaments Center (DEVCOM AC) and Hanwha’s two defence business affiliates; Hanwha Corporation and Hanwha Defense.

The CRADA is a cooperative mechanism that enables a US Government activity to work with academia, industry, and other non-government entities on research and development. Hanwha is the first Korean company to enter into this type of agreement with the US Army. The agreement came as a result of the visit by a senior delegation from DEVCOM AC to South Korea in November 2019 for discussions with Hanwha. Both parties shared their interest in jointly developing capabilities for the US and other international military markets, with potential commercial spin-off applications.

Hanwha Success

Under the agreement framework, Hanwha and DEVCOM AC will conduct research and development of defence equipment and technologies through exchange of resources, technical expertise and intellectual properties. The outcomes of their joint projects will serve to greatly assist both countries’ needs for next-generation weapon and ammunition solutions. For Hanwha, this agreement is yet another step in demonstrating its commitment to US defence stakeholders and the US economy by facilitating transfer of technologies that can be incorporated into the American industrial base.

The CRADA follows Hanwha’s recent success in Australia’s high-profile army modernisation programmes, including LAND 400 and LAND 8116. Under these, the Hanwha built REDBACK Next-Generation IFV and K9 HUNTSMAN Self-Propelled Howitzer have been either shortlisted or nominated as preferred systems. Hanwha Corporation has its foundation in the development and production of energetics with 68 years of accumulated expertise. The company is recognised for its modernised production of explosives propellants, and advanced precision guided munitions for South Korea and numerous allied nations.

Jack Richardson