SEOUL – Hanwha Corporation, the producer of precision-guided munitions, guided weapons navigation systems and lasers, has partnered with a national company to bring its defense technology to civilian use and provide sophisticated navigation devices to South Korean Coast Guard vessels.
Navigation devices for military use provide information about the location, posture and speed of military platforms. They consist of accelerometers, navigation computers and gyroscopes. Hanwha Corporation and Dong Kang M-Tech would provide navigation devices for the 100 and 500 ton coast guard vessels. Dong Kang M-Tech manufactures ship propulsion systems and navigation communication equipment.
Hanwha Corporation said the use of navigation devices for military use can be extended to autonomous vehicles, robots and drones. The company will provide a fiber optic gyroscopic navigation device that can monitor the location, posture and speed of platforms even when GPS is not working properly. It is vibration and shock resistant, making it suitable for rigs that require long-term operation.
“We will continue to enhance product competitiveness so that we can enter not only domestic but also overseas markets,” Hanwha Corporation’s shipping business manager Kim Kwang-jin said in a statement.
Hanwha Corporation and Dong Kang M-Tech will work together to locate components of the ship’s autopilot system that can keep a ship on a predetermined course without requiring human intervention. Dong Kang M-Tech’s marine autopilot receives signals from directional sensors such as gyrocompasses and uses them to automatically control the helm for navigation.
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