The agreement will greatly reduce TALIN® inertial navigation system maintenance costs and production turnaround for the Republic of Korea’s fleet of K-55A1 self-propelled howitzers
Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE: HON) has signed a licensing agreement with Navcours, a Korean defense company specializing in navigation systems, enabling the company to produce and maintain Honeywell’s TALIN inertial navigation system in the Republic of Korea. This Honeywell-patented technology enables vehicles and artillery to navigate very precisely, even where GPS satellite guidance is not available, to increase troop safety and maximize mission success.
Aligning with efforts of the Korea Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) to help Korean small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) export their products globally, Honeywell will license the design, hardware and expertise to assemble, test and build the production kits for TALIN inertial navigation system to Navcours. This agreement is expected to improve operational availability for the Republic of Korea Armed Forces through faster production and maintenance turnaround as well as keep Korean taxes onshore and create new jobs.
Specifically, Honeywell will provide Navcours with the necessary training and equipment to build the circuit card assembly (CCA) cards and TALIN inertial navigation system assembly and test systems. Once the CCA cards and TALIN inertial navigation system assembly and test systems are certified, Navcours will be able to supply them to Honeywell.
“Since 2013, DAPA has supported more than 100 domestic defense-related SMEs by implementing a consulting program named SmAll Day in order to promote SMEs’ participation in offset programs,” said Gi-in Han, director of the Offset Division at DAPA.
“Navcours is one of the beneficiaries of this consulting program, and this offset program is especially meaningful in that a competent SME has been identified and export of its manufactured defense products is also secured. DAPA will continue to make every effort to promote and activate participation of SMEs in offset programs.”
“Honeywell’s TALIN inertial navigation system is a well-established solution with more than 60 military and commercial platforms using it globally, attesting to its superiority as a navigation solution,” said Moon Jeum Soo, president and CEO, Navcours.
“We expect this co-production program to lead to an optimized management of TALIN inertial navigation system production and maintenance costs, and we look forward to the benefits that this agreement with Honeywell will offer.”
“With this agreement, we anticipate sustained long-term economic benefits for the local defense industry in terms of job creation and skills transfer, which will further strengthen the Republic of Korea’s position as a defense weapons manufacturer,” said Mark Burgess, senior customer business director, APAC, Defense and Space, Honeywell Aerospace.
“In addition, the TALIN inertial navigation system co-production and maintenance will also improve the Korean army’s mission readiness and safety.”
Honeywell’s agreement with Navcours to localize production and maintenance of the TALIN inertial navigation system comes on the back of a US$ 80 million deal secured with Hanwha Techwin to deliver over 1,000 TALIN inertial navigation systems for the Republic of Korea Armed Forces’155mm K-9 Thunder self-propelled howitzer and 155mm K-55A1 self-propelled howitzer by 2017.
TALIN inertial navigation system is a proven solution that enables the K-9 Thunder and K-55A1 to navigate and detect targets with extreme precision even in difficult conditions where GPS may be limited or unavailable, saving valuable time and boosting target accuracy. This makes it a smarter choice for navigating the Republic of Korea’s difficult uplands and mountainous terrain for mission success.
About Honeywell’s TALIN Inertial Navigation System
TALIN inertial navigation system is a highly accurate, shock-stabilized position and pointing inertial navigation system designed for use on a wide range of military and commercial platforms. It provides users with extremely precise attitude and position awareness with or without the use of GPS. Using the same Honeywell Ring Laser Gyro and Quartz Accelerometer technologies proved in both commercial and military navigation applications for decades, TALIN inertial navigation system is ideal for environments where GPS signals are unavailable. More than 15,000 systems from the TALIN inertial navigation system family are currently operating on more than 60 military and commercial platforms worldwide.
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