K239 Chunmoo: South Korean Hanwha Aerospace To Showcase Its ‘Deadly MRLS’ At World’s Largest Defense Expo

  • Hanwha Aerospace will attend Eurosatory 2024 in Paris from June 17th to 21st to present a range of precision-guided and artillery systems.
  • For the first time, a full-size Chunmoo Multiple Rocket Launcher System will be on display in Europe, highlighting the K-MRLS’ versatile capabilities.
  • The ‘Chunmoo User Club’ is envisioned for user nations to share experience and know-how of operating the K-MRLS. 
  • Hanwha Aerospace is committed to providing customized solutions to NATO states through enhanced partnerships with local companies.

South Korea’s leading aerospace and defense corporation, Hanwha Aerospace, will participate in Eurosatory 2024, the world’s largest defense exhibition, which will be held in Paris, France, from June 17 to 21.

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The company will present a variety of advanced defense solutions at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, focusing on precision-guided weapons and artillery systems.

A full-size K239 Chunmoo Multiple Rocket Launcher System (MRLS) will be on display for the first time in Europe. Several countries in the region are showing interest in acquiring advanced long-range precision-guided systems amid growing security challenges.

The Chunmoo MRLS is an advanced rocket artillery system capable of firing various types of rockets and missiles, offering tactical flexibility and adaptability to different operational requirements.

The Chunmoo MRLS can fire two different caliber rockets simultaneously with real-time precision strike capability. It can also fire several kinds of munitions, including 239mm and 280 mm rockets with ranges of 80km and 160km. Additionally, it can launch a 290mm ballistic missile with a maximum range of 290km.

Several international users are already using the Chunmoo MRLS. Poland has signed contracts to acquire 288 units of HOMAR-K, a Polish version of the K239 MRLS.

With growing interest in the K-MRLS, Hanwha Aerospace is considering the inauguration of the Chunmoo User Club in the near future. This initiative aims to respond to the growing user base of the long-range artillery system, particularly in Europe.

Chunmoo MLRS
K239 Chunmoo MLRS

The envisaged Chunmoo user community will be modeled after the K9 User Club, where representatives from user nations meet to share their experiences and best practices for operating and maintaining the artillery system.

“Our goal is to become the most trusted partner of NATO countries, providing customized defense solutions and services through strong partnerships with the governments and industries concerned,” said Mr. Jaeil Son, President and CEO of Hanwha Aerospace. “We are fully committed to localization efforts related to job creation, technology transfer, and local manufacturing and maintenance of equipment, which will contribute to national security and economic growth.”

At Eurosatory, Hanwha Aerospace will also showcase the growth potential of the K9 Self-Propelled Howitzer, the world’s most popular tracked howitzer. It is currently in service with nine nations, including five NATO countries: Poland, Finland, Norway, Estonia, and Türkiye.

Other products on display will include the TAipers tactical guided missile, which can be integrated into both manned and unmanned vehicles; the 155mm artillery Modular Charge System; the Arion-SMET multi-purpose unmanned ground vehicle; and the Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicle.

  • Hanwha Press Release