South Korea will start developing bomb disposal robot for military use.
The Defense Acquisition Program Administration which signed a 7.6 billion won ($6.9 million) contract with Hanwha plans to hold an inaugural research and development meeting with the company, Yonhap reported Friday.
The state arms agency aims to complete the first stage development process to simulate the system operation and manufacture a prototype by 2019. It will then begin mass production.
In ordinary times, the envisioned robot will be used mainly for anti-terrorism tasks such as the detection and removal of explosives.
In wartime, it will be tasked with clearing obstacles, making pathways at the demilitarized zone and searching for underground enemy facilities, according to the DAPA.
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South Korea and Denmark will test a maritime safety and communication system on the shores of South Korean city of Busan. The Denmarks Maritime Authority along with South Koreas ministry of oceans and fisheries will conduct the test, Yonhap reported Saturday
South Korea's Navy will receive seventh Son Won II-class (Type 214) diesel-electric air-independent propulsion submarine built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, on Friday that is capable of operating underwater for more than 10 days. The Hong Beom-do, is the world's top-level diesel sub that can handle more than 300 underwater targets at the same time and operate underwater for over 10 days without surfacing, Yonhap reports citing the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA)
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