Hanwha Systems Seeking Participation in Australian Military Satellite Internet Project

Barbie Espinol
Officials of Hanwha Systems, Hanwha Defense Australia and OneWeb pose for a photo after signing an MOU at Farnborough, the United Kingdom, on July 19.

Hanwha Systems has signed a three-party memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Hanwha Defense Australia and OneWeb to promote participation in the Australian military’s satellite internet project.

OneWeb is a communications company headquartered in London. It aims to build broadband satellite Internet services. In August 2021, Hanwha Systems invested US$300 million in OneWeb in its bid to quickly move into the space internet market.

The three companies signed the MOU at Farnborough, the United Kingdom, on July 19 (local time). Farnborough is the venue of Farnborough International Airshow, one of the world’s biggest aerospace events.

Under the three-way agreement, Hanwha Systems will offer its satellite communication terminal solutions for vehicles and system integration capabilities, while Hanwha Defense will provide weapons systems such as K9 self-propelled artillery guns and Redback armored vehicles and stage marketing activities in Australia. OneWeb will provide low-orbit satellite communication network services.

Hanwha Systems and Hanwha Defense Australia have already submitted a request for information (RFI) for Land 4140, a satellite communication project promoted by the Australian military.

Land 4140 involves a multi-layer networking and communications system intended to provide the Australian Army’s next-generation C4 systems to joint ground forces. The RFI was submitted to gain an understanding about current technologies and solutions for the development of functional elements of LAND 4140 Tranche 1.

In the future, Hanwha Systems plans to combine OneWeb’s low-orbit satellite communication service with a satellite communication antenna it is currently developing for application to the diverse platforms of the Australian military.


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