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   According to the Jane's International Defense Review magazine, in the article Christopher F. Foss, BAE Systems Hägglunds AB (one of the Swedish divisions of BAE Systems corporation) completed the prototype demonstrator of the 120-mm double-barreled self-propelled mortar Mjölner for the Swedish army, on the chassis of the infantry fighting vehicle CV90, and intends to begin testing the system in the near future.


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A little bit unusual thing:



   South Korean missile complex Bigung


   It is reported that at the opening of the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition 2017 (ADEX-2017), which opens on October 17, 2017 in Seoul, the capital of South Korea, the serial model the South Korean missile complex Bigung will be publicly shown for the first time. Earlier it was reported that at the end of 2017, it was planned to start supplying Bigung missile systems to South Korea marines.




   The combat vehicle of the complex is a 40-missiles (two 20 missiles launching units) mounted on the automobile chassis (6x6) launcher. Rockets are the 70-mm light guided missile (LOGIR) of the joint US-South Korean development. The LOGIR missile (the South Korean version is designated as K-LOGIR) was developed by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) by the South Korean company LIG Nex1 (part of the LG group) based on the well-known 70-mm unguided rocket Hydra 70, but it is equipped with the so-called Low-Cost Imaging Terminal Seeker (LCITS), created under the auspices of ONR, using imaging infra-red (IIR) imaging technology, with an additional low-cost inertial correction unit at the marching part of trajectory. Thus, the LOGIR rocket implements the "fire and forget" principle. The LOGIR missile is designed to defeat predominantly small-scale and high-speed surface targets - apparently, because of the limited cost requirements of the LCITS GOS, its use for less-contrast ground targets will not be effective enough.


   Bigung is essentially a mobile coastal defense system. The main task of the Bigung missile complex is the fight against various combat and landing crafts of the DPRK, and first of all with hovercrafts being built in the DPRK in series.


   It is alleged that during the mass production the cost of the K-LOGIR missile will not exceed $ 10 thousand. The missile has a mass of 15 kg and a length of 1.9 m. The range of fire is declared "more than 6 km". Although in fact the LOGIR was developed by the American side, LIG Nex1 has developed and produces an element base for the GOS and other missile systems, which allows to significantly reduce their cost, and will lead a full cycle of the release of these systems.

   The US-South Korean memorandum of understanding on the joint development of the LOGIR missile was signed in March 2007. Since 2010, LIG Nex1 together with the Defense Development Agency (ADD) of the Ministry of Defense of South Korea led the development of the Bigung missile complex. It was reported that in 2016, during tests of the Bigung complex, 20 test rocket launches with good performance were made. As a means of target designation, Bigung's combat machine uses an electron-optical station on a lifting mast.






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