SEOUL -- Hanwha Defense, a major defense company affiliated with South Korea's Hanwha Group, will ship 25 more Barracuda armored wheeled vehicles to Indonesian police forces. The Barracuda is a tactical armored vehicle featuring excellent maneuverability and protection for multiple missions such as reconnaissance and internal security.
Barracuda vehicles have been operated by police forces in Indonesia and Vietnam, as well as South Korean troops deployed in Iraq for humanitarian and rehabilitation operations.
This is the second export of Barracuda to Indonesia since a contract was signed in 2004 to provide 20 vehicles to Indonesian police. Hanwha Defense said that a second contract to provide 25 Barracuda vehicles and deliver them by 2024 was signed on June 15 after a competitive international bidding process.
"As a leading developer of armored combat vehicles in the world, Hanwha Defense is fully dedicated to meeting the needs of the Indonesian end-user under the latest contract," Kim Dae-young, senior executive vice president of Hanwha Defense's overseas business center, said in a statement on July 6.
Barracuda is safe with bullet-resistant windows and yet it provides a wide range of views, which enables smooth driving under any driving conditions, Hanwha Defense said. Based on a Mercedes-Benz FGA special chassis, the 12.5-ton vehicle is covered with steel plate armor to provide ballistic protection against 7.62mm caliber armor-piercing shells.
The vehicle capable of transporting up to 15 people has a top speed of 100 kilometers (62 miles) per hour and a long-range driving distance of 1,160 km. It uses run-flat tires to allow for running at 30km/h even when the air pressure is lost and can be equipped with a roof-mounted small-caliber weapon station, CCTV, GPS, a Dozer blade and an amplifier.
Barracuda is a four-wheel vehicle. For Asian customers, Hanwha Defense has showcased its next-generation Tigon armored personnel carrier with six wheels. The Tigon has a combat weight of 21 tons and can carry up to 11 crew. Powered by a 525-horsepower engine, the vehicle has a maximum road speed of 110 km per hour with an operational range of 800 km. It is able to move in water with a top speed of 8.5 km per hour.
With its modular design, the Tigon can be armed with different types of weapon systems such as a 7.62 mm machine gun, 2.7 mm and 30 mm guns mounted on a remote-controlled weapons system, and a 90mm cannon. The vehicle armor is reinforced to Improve bullet and mine protection capabilities.
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