[Photo provided by Hyundai Rotem Co.]
South Korea’s Hyundai Rotem Co., the defense unit of Hyundai Motor Group, has received the green light from the country’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) for mass production of its mine clearing tank, the company announced Monday.
The show of confidence from the defense ministry’s arms procurement agency in the counter-obstacle vehicle for real battles will accelerate the company’s development plan to release a prototype within this month and build a production line.
The company’s mining clearing tank is mounted with a large-sized plow on the front to dig the ground to remove land mines. It also is designed to incapacitate mines by emitting magnetic field.
“We expect the vehicles to be used to remove land mines planted at the demilitarized zone (between the two Koreas) and restricted areas for civilians,” an official from the company said. Many land mines are believed to be laid under the ground in Korean Demilitarized Zone, the buffer zone between South Korea and North Korea established after the end of the Korean War in 1953.
The company has also been developing a remote-control device that can control the mine clearing tank remotely from a place within a 5-kilometer radius to ensure safer and quicker demining operation.
Shares of Hyundai Rotem rose 2.56 percent to close Tuesday at 24,000 won.
By Kim Jung-hwan and Choi Mira
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