Advocacy / Member News
May 27, 2024

PRESS RELEASE: Hanwha to showcase advanced land and naval solutions at CANSEC 2024

  • Hanwha’s key defence affiliates participate in the Canadian defence expo for the first time to present sophisticated defence capabilities 
  • Hanwha Ocean will unveil high-tech naval capabilities including the KSS-III submarine; unmanned command and control ship; and a lithium battery module for submarines
  • Hanwha Defense USA will showcase globally proven artillery solutions including the K9 Self-Propelled Howitzer and Chunmoo Multiple Rocket Launch System   
  • Hanwha is committed to providing world-class defence solutions to meet the requirements of Canadian Armed Forces modernization initiatives

Hanwha’s key defence subsidiaries will participate in CANSEC 2024, Canada's annual, global defence and security trade show (CANSEC) to be held from May 29-30 at the EY Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, to present their world-class artillery and naval technologies. This is the first time that Hanwha will showcase its defence capabilities in the prestigious Canadian defence exhibition, laying the groundwork for a strategic expansion into the North American defence market.

Hanwha Ocean will display three naval platforms: the KSS-III submarine, the ‘Ghost Commander’ unmanned command and control ship, and the Li-ion battery system for submarines.

The KSS-III is the world's best diesel submarine, featuring longer underwater operational capability and enhanced armaments compared to previous models. The submarine is the first in the world to incorporate the Air-Independent Propulsion (AIP) system with Li-ion batteries, ensuring the longest underwater endurance among non-nuclear power diesel submarines. Additionally, it is outfitted to carry a variety of weapons such as torpedoes and cruise missiles.

A conceptual model for the Republic of Korea Navy’s future operational requirements, the Ghost Commander is capable of commanding and controlling unmanned forces such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs).

"By exporting the KSS-III submarine, which currently boasts the world's best performance in its class, to countries such as Canada and Poland, Hanwha Ocean will be a model for the global expansion of K-maritime defence," said -Yong Ook Lee, COO, Head of Naval Ship Business, Hanwha Ocean.

Hanwha Defense USA (HDUSA), an American defence subsidiary of South Korea’s largest aerospace and defence company Hanwha Aerospce, will present its premier artillery systems, such as the K9 Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH) and K239 Chunmoo Multiple Rocket Launcher System (MRLS).

Nicknamed “Thunder,” the K9 is a 155mm/52-calibre tracked artillery system that is in-service with nine countries, including five NATO members - Poland, Norway, Estonia, Finland and Turkey. The K9 is optimized for the ‘Shoot-and-Scoot’ mission to fire multiple projectiles and move to a different position, which can help avoid potential counter-fire. 

The K239 Chunmoo is a state-of-the-art MRLS that is in-service with three nations, including South Korea and Poland. The Korean MRLS can fire several kinds of rockets and missiles, featuring its flexibility and adaptability to align with various operational requirements. 

“The Canadian Army has several urgent projects for which Hanwha Defence has a solution that meets both operational and timeline requirements, including the K9, K10 and Chunmoo,” said John Kelly, CEO of Hanwha Defence for USA and Canada. “We look forward to the opportunity to offer our solutions to Canada as we continue our expansion into the North American market.”

About Hanwha Defence (

Hanwha has a full line of land systems and munition solutions that can be quickly and affordably delivered to meet Canadian Army urgent and future operational requirements, including the K9 Thunder Self-Propelled Howitzer, the K10 Ammunition Resupply Vehicle, the Chunmoo Multiple Rocket Launch System, the Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicle, the Taipers Anti-Tank Guided Missile, the BiHo Air Defence System and the KMCS propellant.

Hanwha is Korea’s 7th largest company and largest defence company, and the 26th largest defence company in the world. Hanwha Group has more than 100,000 employees globally and 102 subsidiaries.

About Hanwha Ocean (

Hanwha Ocean, founded in 1973 in Okpo Bay, Korea, is one of the world’s premium shipbuilders and offshore contractors. Hanwha Ocean specializes in the design and construction of various naval and commercial vessels, including submarines, destroyers, container ships, and tankers as well as offshore platforms, drilling rigs and FPSO/FPUs.

For more than 40 years, Hanwha Ocean has been building and servicing submarines for the Republic of Korea Navy and other navies. The company designed and delivered the first KSS-III (also known as Jangbogo-3) to the Republic of Korea Navy in 2021. Jangbogo-3 is the most capable, in-operation, ocean-going, diesel-electric submarine in the world.

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