Seoul defense company Hanwha Aerospace has signed a $130-million contract to deliver 155-millimeter artillery bi-modular charge systems to BAE Systems.
The systems contain combustible cases with cooler propellant for enhanced barrel life.
The capability is an effective technology to store and distribute propelling charges depending on weapon types and mission-specific requirements.
Leveraging the charge systems enables clear burns upon ignition, sustaining an unblemished operating location, decreasing swab rates for barrels between deployments, and improving fire rate.
Reinforcing ‘Korea-UK Defense Ties’
For the agreement, Hanwha will supply its HW70 and HW50 bi-modular charge systems to the British firm.
Both technologies complement the NATO standard 39/42 caliber 155-millimeter guns and BAE Systems’ L15 NATO standard artillery ammunition.
The charge systems were designed to meet the Joint Ballistic Memorandum of Understanding ordering commonalities in weapon systems production among international allies.
Furthermore, HW70 and HW50 incorporate performance upgrades over their predecessor charge systems to boost firing of compatible automated turrets.
“This contract with BAE Systems underscores Hanwha Aerospace’s commitment to strengthening Korea-UK defense ties,” Hanwha Aerospace CEO and President Jae-il Son stated.
“Our 155mm Artillery Modular Charge System will effectively meet NATO’s ammunition needs, enhancing the operational efficiency of weapon systems by leveraging Hanwha’s robust production capabilities and BAE Systems’ expertise.”