Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Russia protest Korea’s arms sales to India

Recommended

Russia deploys tanks to Belarus’ border amid unprecedented escalation of tensions

Russia has deployed additional armed vehicles and soldiers to its border with Belarus amid an unprecedented escalation of tensions between Moscow and neighboring Minsk. On...

Lockheed Martin receives $182 million for MH-60R Sea Hawk sonars

Pentagon’s No.1 weapons supplier Lockheed Martin Corp. was awarded a contract modification from the Naval Air Systems Command for Airborne Low Frequency Sonars (ALFS). The...

Russian MiG-31 intercept Norwegian spy plane over Barents Sea

A Russian MiG-31 fighter jet intercepted Norwegian Air Force Falcon 20 reconnaissance aircraft over the neutral waters of the Barents Sea, Russia’s National Defense...

Belarus mobilizes 3,000 soldiers over invasion concerns

The Belarus military will mobilize at least 3,000 soldiers starting 10 August ahead of August’s presidential election and over invasion concerns. A Belarus' military official...

Russia reportedly launches mass production of Armata combat vehicles

Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov reported that the mass production of tanks and fighting vehicles based on the latest Armata combat platform under...

The Russian government launched a broadside against India’s decision to award contracts to South Korea for a self-propelled anti-aircraft defense system.

According to the newspaper “The Korea JoongAng Daily“, the Indian military selected a Korean-built Biho hybrid self-propelled anti-aircraft defense system as a candidate for acquisition last October after a bidding process involving a number of foreign arms makers as part of a recent plan by New Delhi to upgrade its air defenses.

The bidding was first officially announced in 2013, and the candidate weapons were evaluated throughout 2015 and tested in 2017.


- ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW -

In the 2013 global tender, Indian Army shortlisted three companies — Hanwha Defense Systems, which offered its Hybrid Biho system, and Russian companies Almaz Antey, which offered its upgraded Tunguska system, and KBP Tula, which offer its Pantsir system.

The Korean defense industry was eyeing the Indian market as a chance to move away from domestic sales to exports. The contract involves exporting 104 Biho systems, 97 ammunition carriers, 39 command vehicles, 4,928 missiles and 172,260 rounds of ammunition, bringing the contract’s total value to 2.5 to 3 trillion won.

According to Hanwha Defense Systems, the 30mm twin self-propelled anti-aircraft defense system Biho demonstrates excellent engagement capability under the battlefield conditions of the mountainous Korean peninsula. It has outstanding maneuverability with a maximum speed of 60km/h. Its effective range is 3 km and it has a high firing rate of 1,200rounds/minute.

The Biho have detection distance of 21km and excellent tracking and aiming capability against enemy aircraft infiltration. Also system carries 4 short-range surface-to-air missile systems with effective ranges of 5km and has two 30mm machines guns for ground engagement along with anti-aircraft engagement.

Moscow, however, a traditional supplier of arms to India, apparently ordered its Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu to publicly express dissatisfaction with the decision on the sidelines of a military conference between the two countries Dec. 18.

In addition, the Russian side statement that the tests were conducted unfairly and require a repeat.

The Russians followed this up by sending an official request to the Indian Defense Ministry asking it to re-evaluate the bidding process.

Newspaper also noted that, defense analysts in Seoul say it may be difficult for Korea to overcome the Russian interference.

“The fact that its weapons were outgunned in the bidding must have come at a major shock to Russia, which prides itself as the leading manufacturer of combined defense systems,” the Korean official said. “We expect them to attempt to block this deal to the end.”

If you wish to report grammatical or factual errors within our news articles, you can let us know by using the online feedback form.

Executive Editor

Recommended

Russia deploys tanks to Belarus’ border amid unprecedented escalation of tensions

Russia has deployed additional armed vehicles and soldiers to its border with Belarus amid an unprecedented escalation of tensions between Moscow and neighboring Minsk. On...

Lockheed Martin receives $182 million for MH-60R Sea Hawk sonars

Pentagon’s No.1 weapons supplier Lockheed Martin Corp. was awarded a contract modification from the Naval Air Systems Command for Airborne Low Frequency Sonars (ALFS). The...

Russian MiG-31 intercept Norwegian spy plane over Barents Sea

A Russian MiG-31 fighter jet intercepted Norwegian Air Force Falcon 20 reconnaissance aircraft over the neutral waters of the Barents Sea, Russia’s National Defense...

Belarus mobilizes 3,000 soldiers over invasion concerns

The Belarus military will mobilize at least 3,000 soldiers starting 10 August ahead of August’s presidential election and over invasion concerns. A Belarus' military official...

Russia reportedly launches mass production of Armata combat vehicles

Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov reported that the mass production of tanks and fighting vehicles based on the latest Armata combat platform under...

TRENDING NOW

Related News

Russian MiG-31 intercept Norwegian spy plane over Barents Sea

A Russian MiG-31 fighter jet intercepted Norwegian Air Force Falcon 20 reconnaissance aircraft over the neutral waters of the Barents Sea, Russia’s National Defense...

Army takes next step toward buying more M72 light rocket launchers

The U.S. Army has finalized its requirements for M72-series light rocket launchers. The solicitation, released Jul 31 on Federal Business Opportunities, states that the U.S....

Chinese new bombers conducted high-intensity training in South China Sea

Chinese newest H-6J bombers successfully conducted high-intensity training in the South China Sea, Chinese Ministry of Defense spokesperson Ren Guoqiang told a press conference...

General Dynamics ekes out $625 million profit in the second quarter

General Dynamics, one of the largest U.S. defense contractors, reported its second-quarter results. Net earnings of $625 million on revenue of $9.3 billion. The details...