Hanwha Defense Australia signs MoU for LEO satcoms

Leveraging HSC’s history of high-performance C4I systems programs for Korean forces, HSC/HDA responded to Request for Information (RFI) Land 4140, a multi-layered communications program that will link satellite communication ground communication networks.

Land 4140 Tranche 1 capability elements include SATCOM Beyond Site Line (BLOS), High Capacity Data Networking (HCDN), ICT Mobility, Network Modeling and System Standard open modular (MOSS).

“We are pleased to work with our sister company HSC and with OneWeb to explore opportunities to expand our Australian space footprint,” said Richard Cho, Managing Director of Hanwha Defense Australia. “This is an important growth area for us.”

In August last year, HSC invested $300 million in OneWeb. Prior to this, HSC also acquired Phasor Solutions, a UK-based satellite communication antenna developer in June 2020 and incorporated Hanwha Phasor with the aim of securing the satellite communication antenna technologies needed to connect multiple thousands of satellites and ground stations. Hanwha Phasor is now focusing on developing next-generation antenna designs and developments.

In December 2020, HSC also made a $30 million investment in Kymeta, an electronically piloted antenna company in the United States, which was followed by an additional investment worth $11 million in March. of this year, forming a strategic partnership with Kymeta. HSC and Kymeta collaborate on the development of satellite antennas and work to develop local and offshore markets.

“We have high hopes for this MoU, which will give us greater opportunities to achieve tangible results, having already made significant investments in this technology area,” said Sungchul Eoh, CEO of Hanwha Systems.

“In the future, we will cooperate with various companies with competitive technologies at home and abroad to strengthen our position in the global market, especially to approach countries like Saudi Arabia and Poland, which need satellite internet.”

OneWeb is currently expanding its global satellite constellation in an effort to provide low latency, high throughput connectivity services around the world. 428 satellites have already been deployed, representing almost 70% of the network, and the company has launched services in the Arctic region and is working to expand its capabilities in the coming years to cover the Australian military and other markets. global.

“We are delighted to partner with Hanwha to bring our satellite connectivity solutions to the Australian defense market,” commented Neil Masterson, CEO of OneWeb. “We know first-hand how Hanwha’s high-quality technology thinking and development complements OneWeb’s LEO Network capabilities, ensuring customers around the world benefit from enhanced connectivity.

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