Initially, Samsung started off in 1938 as a small trading company in Korea. Today, this Korean techie rules the world when it comes to domains like electronic devices, smartphones, infrastructure and many more. This mammoth brand name is a symbol of excellence in today's world.
But did you know that Samsung is associated with weapons technology as well? Well, that is, in fact, true. Samsung, the company that creates such marvelous smartphones in today's world, used to forge some cruel war machines back in time.
In 1980, the company celebrated its first debut in the defense industry when it started manufacturing jet engines for Korean aircraft in technical cooperation with General Electric. By 1984, it began to build artillery weapons like the 155mm self-propelled Howitzer, K9 Thunder, and many other defense systems.
Gradually, Samsung Techwin became a big name in the defense sector. It became the largest supplier of helicopters, artillery and jet engines for the Korean army. Nothing was able to stop Techwin from becoming a trademark for military equipment. From ammunition resupply vehicles (ARV) to amphibious assault vehicles, Samsung Techwin was manufacturing everything.
In 1997, Techwin was able to manufacture Korea's first fighter jet, the KF-16. Although in 1999, it handed over the aircraft division to the Korean Aerospace Industries.
The Samsung SGR-1 is more like an outlandish creation of Samsung Techwin. Unveiled in 2006, this weaponry system comes loaded with a 5.5mm machine gun and a 40mm grenade launcher.
Equipped with heat and motion detectors, this robot can identify and target potential threats situated two miles away. These robots work side-by-side with the soldiers in the Demilitarized Zone between South Korea and North Korea. It is believed that each unit costs around $200,000.
In 2015, Samsung Techwin succeeded to manufacture unmanned autonomous vehicles named STAR ( Samsung Techwin Autonomous Robots). Unlike Google's self-driven vehicles, these robots can travel without drivers even on mountainous terrain.