Hanwha Aerospace forms consortium for U.S. Army’s unmanned vehicle project

Hanwha Aerospace Co. said Thursday it has submitted a bid proposal for an unmanned vehicle project of the United States Army via a consortium formed with American defense company Anduril Industries Inc. The consortium, formed together with Forterra, a Maryland-based autonomous vehicle company, seeks to participate in the second increment of the U.S. Army's unmanned Small Multipurpose Equipment Transport (S-MET) vehicle, Hanwha Aerospace said. Founded by Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus, which was acquired by Meta, in 2017, Anduril is gaining attention in the defense industry for its focus on unmanned technology and software development. Hanwha Aerospace plans to support the development of a hybrid-type multipurpose unmanned vehicle platform capable of driving in various terrains required by the U.S. Army, based on the company's independently developed multipurpose unmanned vehicle Arion. Arion has already been recognized for its various autonomous driving functions and transport capabilities in Foreig n Comparative Testing (FCT) conducted in Hawaii in December last year, according to the company. Source: Yonhap News Agency