Friday, May 10, 2019

Hanwha K-30 Biho mobile air defense system for Indian Army

via Army Recognition.
India has finally selected the South Korean-made Hanwha K-30 Biho, designed mainly to protect forward maneuver units. Further official confirmation properly documented is expected.

Hanwha's K-30 Biho (Flying Tiger) twin 30mm short range, mobile self-propelled anti-aircraft system, manufactured by Hanwha, has been selected by the Indian Army following a competition that included Russia’s Tunguska-M1 which has a range of up to 10 kilometers, and the Pantsir-S1 ‘Greyhound’.

The weapon was developed to meet the operational requirements of the Republic of Korea Armed Forces for a highly mobile short-range air defense system suited to the operational and terrain conditions of the Korean peninsula. It combines an electro-optically guided 30 mm gun system with a surveillance radar system on a K200 chassis. It supplements the K263A1 Chungung, a self-propelled 20 mm Vulcan system. The K30 is primarily built by Hanwha Defense Systems.
Story here. 

Hmm.  This is interesting.  Several S. Korean blogs are talking about the Biho II being offered (pictured above) but Army Recognition is saying its the legacy model.

Regardless I'm surprised to see the Pantsir-S1 lose this competition.  I had it pegged as an easy win for them.  Wonder what happened and what the Indian Army saw that they didn't like.

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