Started Engine for IFF Project Jointly
with Hanwha Systems
On May 22, Huneed Technologies, a defense industry company, signed a contract with Hanwha Systems on the advanced Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) equipment supply project valued at KRW 30.3 billion.
The project for advancing the performance of the IFF equipment, organized by the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), is to replace the IFF equipment in the MODE-4, which is currently used by the Korean Army, with the MODE-5, which is an advanced version. The IFF equipment consists of an interrogator, transponder, encoder, and controlling panel. In this project, Huneed Technologies will develop and produce the IFF Rack equipment in which the interrogator and transponder are integrated and supply the equipment to Hanwha Systems by the end of 2023.
Huneed Technologies is preparing for further bids for newly-built naval vessels based on this technology. The company is expected to emerge as a unique supplier in the field of IFF equipment for naval vessels. So far, Huneed Technologies has gradually accumulated the system integration technology for the project to advance the performance of the IFF equipment. As a result, in March, the company was selected to be a preferred bidder in the IFF system integration project to be embedded in the next generation escort ship FFX-III, which is under development in the navy. With the additional project with Hanwha Systems, the company will further enhance its competitiveness in the naval IFF equipment field.
First CMMI Level 5 Certified SME
Huneed Technologies, for the first time for an SME, received the level 5 Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) certification, the highest level. The CMMI is a process model to evaluate the maturity of IT development organization, developed by the software engineering institute at Carnegie Mellon University upon request from the U.S. Department of Defense. Only a few companies worldwide have obtained the level 5, including Boeing, Lockheed Martin, BAE, and the Korean defense companies of Hanwha, Korea Aerospace Industries, and LIG Nex1.
In 2010, Huneed Technologies became the first SME to obtain the level 4 certification. Since then, over the last 9 years, the company has continuously improved its R&D process and implemented innovation activities. At the same time, to maximize the outcome from its research tasks, the company also established an R&D project management system and quality assurance activities system. This innovative approach and the company’s capacities were highly recognized, and the company was able to obtain level 5.