South-Korean Chunmoo K239 MLRS rockets/missile launcher to enter in service with UAE
According to a contract released at the Day 3 of IDEX, International Land Defense Exhibition that was held in Abu Dhabi, on February 2021, UAE (United Arab Emirates) will acquire an undisclosed number of Chunmoo multi-caliber MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) manufactured by South Korean company Hanwha Defense as well as guided, unguided rockets and missiles.
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South Korean K239 Chunmoo multi-caliber MLRS Multiple Launch Rocket System. (Picture source Army Recognition)
According to information released by the Republic of Korea Armed Forces Facebook account on June 2020, UAE defense officials would have traveled to South Korea to negotiate sales of Cheongung KM-SAM Block-II missile interceptor and Korean Tactical Surface-to-Surface Missile (KTSSM).
In April 2021, pictures were posted on Twitter showing UAE and South Korean soldiers conducting field tests with the South Korean-made K239 Chunmoo multi-caliber MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System).
The K239 K-MLRS nicknamed Chunmoo is designed and manufactured by the South Korean company Hanwha Defense. The development of the new truck-mounted rocket launcher started in 2009 and the first vehicle has been produced in 2013. It enters service with the South Korean army in 2015.
The Chunmoo can be fitted with different types of launcher pods able to fire 130 mm unguided rockets, 227 mm unguided rockets, 239 mm guided rockets, 400 and 600 mm missiles. It can reach targets at distances ranging from 36 to 290 km using rockets or missiles.
The Chunmoo is based on an 8x8 military truck chassis with launcher pods mounted at the rear of the vehicle. The front of the truck is fitted with an armored crew cab able to accommodate a crew of three soldiers and offering protection against the firing of small arms and artillery shell splinters. The truck can reach a maximum speed of 80 km/h with a maximum cruising of 450 km.