South Korean Special Operations Support Brigade unveils MV-4 unmanned tracked mine-clearance system

South Korean Special Operations Support Brigade unveils MV-4 unmanned tracked mine-clearance system

The Special Operations Support Brigade of the South Korea Army’s Ground Operations Command (GOC) has announced that it will use DOK ING’s MV-4 mineclearing unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) for operations on the demilitarised zone (DMZ).

The UGV is designed for mine and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) clearance mission by rotating a set of flails connected to the chains.

The system can be controlled remotely by using a control unit, which communicate at line-of-sight ranges of up to 1 km to guarantee that an operator remains outside of harm’s way during when buried mines are detonated.

The system also features an electro-optical (EO) camera that enables the operator to check the terrain around the UGV in real-time.

South Korea first announced a modernisation plan in 2018 to introduce two UGV mine-clearance systems for the DMZ by 2019.

The first MV-4 UGV was reportedly delivered to the force in April 2020. Eight more systems are expected to be deployed within the year.

Matteo Natalucci

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