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Hanwha manoeuvres for Malaysian rocket artillery requirement

13th May 2024 - 15:00 GMT | by Damian Kemp in London


Malaysia is looking to purchase a new rocket artillery system in the short term to replace its ASTROS II. (Photo: Avibras)

Hanwha is positioning its Chunmoo self-propelled rocket launcher to replace Malaysia's ASTROS systems by joining forces with a local investment firm.

South Korea’s Hanwha Aerospace has boosted its position in the race to replace Malaysia’s 36 Avibras ASTROS II (Artillery Saturation Rocket System II) systems by concluding an MoU with Malaysian investment firm Widad Business Group.

ASTROS systems are in service in the Middle East, Brazil, Indonesia and Malaysia.

While Shephard Defence Insight notes Malaysia has a theoretical out-of-service date of more than a decade away, a statement from Hanwha noted there are plans for a replacement by 2026. Final proposals from bidders would be submitted in the second quarter of 2025.

The deadline of less than a year implies an established

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Damian Kemp


Damian Kemp

Damian Kemp has worked in the defence media for 25 years covering military aircraft, defence …

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