Do you believe that Samsung is also in the defence side? It was like ‘Wow’ I didn’t knew this’ when I had first heard of it. But you will be surprised that as Samsung is the leading brand in Electronics and Mobile Devices in the same way it is in its military branch. Producing Jet Engines, Robots and Military Tanks they have a name too in surveillance and aeronautics, optoelectronics, automations and weapons technology.
- Samsung Techwin a subsidiary company headquartered in South Korea was founded in 1977, and the company established a precision instrument laboratory in 1978.
- It started making cameras in 1979. In technical cooperation with General Electric, it started manufacturing jet engines for Korean aircraft in 1980.
- Manufacture of 155 mm and self-propelled artillery began in 1984.
- Changed its name to Samsung Aerospace Industries in 1987 and started to make helicopters.
- Acquired Rollei, a German camera manufacturer, and Union Optics of Japan, a manufacturer of semiconductor equipment.
- In 1996 it developed the SB427 helicopter with Bell and began selling digital cameras branded as Samsung Kenox in 1997. The same year, it made the first KF-16fighter jet in Korea.
- Handed over the firm’s aircraft business to Korea Aerospace Industries in 1999 and changed its name to Samsung Techwin in 2000.
- Samsung Techwin directly entered the European and North American closed-circuit television/surveillance market in 2008 under its own name, featuring a line of true day/night cameras and digital video recorders (DVRs). In 2009, the company introduced a new series of digital IP-based cameras and network video recorders.
- Samsung Techwin and its bigger sister company Samsung Electronics announced on October 2009 that in 2010 Samsung Electronics CCTV camera division would be unified with Samsung Techwin’s CCTV camera division.
- In February 2014, Samsung Techwin presented its new portfolio of IP cameras for vertical markets at the International Security, Safety and Fire Exhibition (SICUR).
- In December 2014, Samsung Electronics announced the sale of its holding stake in its security division, Samsung Techwin, to South Korean conglomerate Hanwha Group.
Samsung Techwin’s flagship K9 tank is currently used by Poland, Turkey, and South Korea. The K9 tank becomes even more impressive when combined with the K10 ammunition resupply vehicle (5:00). The K10 pulls up behind the K9 and automatically feeds more ammunition into the K9, eliminating the need of resupplying the vehicle by hand, which minimizes the risk of troop exposure. Together they create an automated weapons system for the field.
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