South Korean AS-21 Redback gets ability to “see through the armor” – Technology Org

The crew of AS-21 Redback will use a special helmet and a situational awareness system Iron Vision to see through the hull of their vehicle as if the walls were transparent.

Infantry fighting vehicle AS-21 Redback.

Infantry fighting vehicle AS-21 Redback.

Similar systems are already being used on modern fighter jets and attack helicopters. Obviously, adding the same functionality to armored ground-based vehicles provides unobstructed visibility and better tactical planning capabilities.

The technical implementation of the AS-21 Redback is being carried out by Hanwha Defense Systems. The vehicle is based on its predecessor infantry fighting vehicle K21 which is currently in service with the Army of South Korea.

Pilot of the AS-21 wears a special helmet with augmented reality functionality allowing him to see the surrounding environment.

Pilot of the AS-21 wears a special helmet with augmented reality functionality allowing him to see the surrounding environment.

AS-21 Redback largely retains the original internal layout of K21. It will accommodate three crew members and eight passengers.

The new model is also equipped with a weapon turret T2000-DE. In this turret, it is possible to install automatic guns with a caliber of 30 to 40 mm and a paired machine gun with a caliber of 7.62 or 5.56 mm. This turret can also be combined with directed-energy weapons – 35 kW lasers capable of destroying light UAVs.

AS-21 has a retractable launcher of the Israeli ATGM Spike LR2, containing two anti-tank missiles. It can also be fitted with a remotely controlled weapons platform EOS R400S Mk.2 HD.


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