SEOUL -- A military project was launched to mass-produce ground terminals linked to a military satellite communication system that would strengthen military power and contribute to the development of South Korea's space defense industry. Uninterrupted satellite communication is possible in contingencies and wartime.
The project is aimed at establishing both fixed communication and a tactical information communication network (TICN) that integrates surveillance, reconnaissance, command and control, surgical strike systems by means of uninterrupted information flow connectivity. In tactical situations, it provides secure and resilient tactical networks. Large-capacity voice and image data can be transmitted and utilized in real-time through TICN, and even if wired and wireless networks are destroyed, command control and tactical communication systems can be maintained.
Two major defense firms, LIG Nex1 and Hanwha Systems, have been selected as key contractors for a project worth 888.5 billion won ($749 million) to produce eight types of fixed and transportable terminals for army troops and naval forces by 2025, according to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) controlled by the defense ministry.
South Korea, which relies heavily on American reconnaissance assets, has pushed for the establishment of an independent communication system using high-performance image radars and optical equipment. Dozens of companies related to key components such as modems, antenna devices, and software participate in the production of satellite communication terminals.
DAPA has disclosed a project to establish a fleet of ultra-small spy satellites that would be used to quickly detect asymmetric threats from North Korea's nuclear weapons and missiles. The combination of a military reconnaissance satellite and ultra-small spy satellites would help South Korea enhance its early warning capabilities and quickly monitor signs of provocations.
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