Korean Government Approves K-SAM Batch 2

Released on Thursday, March 11, 2004
South Korea
STS - Search and Track Sensor
In December 2003, Daewoo Heavy Industry and Machinery awarded Samsung Thales, a joint venture between Korea's Samsung Electronics and Thales France, a €470 million ($589 million) contract for the Korean Surface to Air Missile (K-SAM) batch 2.

The K-SAM batch 2 contract covers delivery of 66 K-SAM systems with production scheduled between 2003 and 2009. The K-SAM batch 1 contract covered 48 systems with more than 25 K-SAMs already delivered and production running from 1999 to 2005.

The K-SAM, also known as Chunma (Pegasus), is a short range air defense system intended to protect Korea's industrial facilities, infrastructures, mobile military units, ports and airports against air threats flying at low altitude. Samsung Thales is responsible for the Search and Tracking System (STS) and Daewoo Heavy Industry is the prime contractor for the entire KSAM program.

The K-SAM program started in 1989 involving collaboration between Thales, formerly Thomson-CSF, and the Korean administration and industry. The Search and Track Sensor leverages Crotale NG technology and is a core element of the K-SAM (Chunma/Pegasus) short range air defense system.

Crotale NG sensors supplied by Thales for the K-SAM program cover surveillance, identification, tracking, target acquisition and fire control functions.

Samsung Thales will assume a higher workload percentage in Korea with K-SAM batch 2 contract and fewer workload in France than batch 1 contract. In addition, Samsung Thales will provide domestic maintenance for the K-SAM system as requested by the Korean Army.

The K-SAM system consists of a Search and Tracking Sensor (STS) and eight sealed read-to-fire missiles mounted on a tracked chassis.


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