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Korean Military’s Attempt to Look “Hip” to its Recruits?

ROK military is apparently developing a “Halo”-esque combat uniform that will incorporate protection from “lasers and missiles.”  Me thinks that’s just Konglish for technology that disrupts laser aiming and hence provides land based missile jamming support, not literally a laser and missile proof uniform.  I don’t even think Halo can get away with that!

Photo from ADD

  • http://corpycarly.typepad.com Corpy Carly

    That just looks like a bad copy of something DARPA would produce.

  • seouldout

    The batteries needed to be carried – to power all that fancy-dancy technology – are heavy. And they need to be recharged too. Of course one can carry another set of spare batteries to power up the uniform whilst the first set is being recharged.

  • NetizenKim

    Looks like something out of a bad 60s sci-fi movie.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    “incorporate protection from “lasers and missiles.”

    I’m guessing they are talking about the visor on the helmet.

    http://www.thestar.com/News/GTA/article/520938

    Unlike laser pointers, the lasers used to guide missiles will permanently blind enemy troops (not that us missile gunners would ever do such at thing…You know, with the Geneva Convention and all).

  • Darth Babaganoosh

    Looks all good and fancy on paper, I guess, but the conscripts will still be thrown to the rioting masses with only a motorcyle helmet and a ninja turtle shield.

  • CactusMcHarris

    It would be right useful in a coven of adjummas.

  • madar

    The nutizens must be really happy! Soon Korea’s army will be ready to zap all the Zerg(tm) in real life, not just on those two Starcraft TV channels!

  • bumfromkorea

    @madar
    There are two Starcraft TV channels? Good christ…

    @Wangkon
    Your lack of faith in Master Chief’s endurance is troubling to me.

    Am I reading that right? Does that gun fire missiles? How heavy are all these technological contraptions?

  • Darth Babaganoosh

    I imagine by missle, they mean grenades. Plenty of military guns have grenade launchers these days.

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    Yes Darth Babaganoosh…

    “Mini-Missile System” is Konglish for tiny 20mm shrapnel grenades (powered conventionally with gunpowder shell cartridges) that the U.S. military deemed ineffective, but somehow the Korean military deemed acceptable.

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    bum,

    Original article about the rifles was already posted at MT here:

    http://www.rjkoehler.com/2008/07/29/rok-to-deploy-srapnel-gun/

  • bumfromkorea

    Ah, that makes more sense. When someone write missile, I tend to have this image: http://www.spacetoday.org/images/Rockets/Plowshares/USA/Titan2launch.jpg

  • Granfalloon

    Every now and then, a US media outlet will publish a story about how advanced the soldiers of tomorrow will be. A simple “future soldier” image search produces more pics on the first page from actual media stories than from “fictional” sources.

    I’m convinced the US (and I guess now Korea, too) only puts out this stuff to try and scare would-be insurgents. But I guess trying to attract more recruits could certainly be a factor.

    Anyway, I always give a chuckle when I see articles like this one. The US (let alone Korea) has enough trouble keeping everybody in adequate Kevlar, and that’s forty-year-old technology.

  • hitest

    Yes but the uniform will never really catch on unless it is offered in hot pink or that sparkly siver-like material so popular with the hip set. ;)

  • hitest

    sorry…”sparkly silver-like suit material”….

    By the way anyone know the name for this material?

  • dry

    #13: Special ops on either side are decked out in gear that costs at least 100k alone, regardless that the grunts aren’t even given a slab of concrete to hold over their chests. I could see this a coming reality, though whether we’ll hear about it will depend how catastrophically it fails. Who knows though, one can learn a lot from failures and perhaps it might turn out viable; an army of archers on small horses was also at one time thought to be a ridiculous looking and feeble concept.

  • R. Elgin

    It looks like this is a concept suit.

    The GPS feature is a laugh. Recently, when the Russians attacked Georgia, all of their GPS systems were hacked by a certain third party and were useless. The Russians had to resort to basically a human wave strategy, which is pretty barbaric (low tech) and would have failed horribly against a real military organization.

    If Korea is attempting to promote itself through military hardware, maybe they should work on something un-hackable like special chip sets for other clients — that is *IF* they could keep it a secret.

  • Conambo

    Is this really necessary? I thought the Korean govt always pays off their enemies. Taliban, Somalian pirates, you know the deal.

  • globalvillageidiot

    15 – “sorry…”sparkly silver-like suit material”….

    By the way anyone know the name for this material?”

    Not sure, but it reminds me of the material used to make Korean picnic/camping mats.

  • CactusMcHarris

    It’s the same material, per chance, as those space blankets developed by NASA – is it mylar?

  • CactusMcHarris

    #18,

    There’s apparently a reduced number of Somali pirates to pay now.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    “#13: Special ops on either side are decked out in gear that costs at least 100k alone, regardless that the grunts aren’t even given a slab of concrete to hold over their chests.”

    100k? Maybe at budget prices.

    PS. I had 26 million dollars in gear.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    “The GPS feature is a laugh. Recently, when the Russians attacked Georgia, all of their GPS systems were hacked by a certain third party and were useless.”

    Whoever is in charge of the satellites (the US Air Force, as a matter of fact) could have easily turned off the signal over Georgia.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    “”sparkly silver-like suit material”….

    By the way anyone know the name for this material?””

    The stuff those cheesy weight loss track suits are made of?

  • adeptitus

    The benefit of the 20mm grenade system is that the rifle holds 6 ready to fire rounds, versus 40mm under-barrel grenade launchers only hold one round. It’s a trade-off between effective blast power/radius versus multiple rounds to do a spread. I’d lean toward the 40mm round because I think if you’re going to lob a grenade, you mind as well use a real one and not an under-sized round.

    The XK-11 costs about $16,000 each, it’s not a bad rifle but the unit price is a bit high. For countries with less money, it’s more cost effective to equip their platoons with RPG-29, which costs $500 for the launcher and $300 per grenade. The PG-29V round has been battle proven to penetrate Merkava, Challenger 2, and possibly M1A1 MBT. It’s also very effective in taking out entire buildings, and has much greater killing area than a 20mm/40mm grenade.

    Back in 2003, when Uday and Qusay Hussain were holed up in Mosul, they engaged about 200 men from Task Force 20 in a 4-hour gunfight with small arms, .50 cal MG’s, and grenades. Finally, the US forces had it and just blew them up with multiple TOW ATGM’s.

    This lesson was not lost to the Hezbollah, who knew an extended gunfight against IDF in fortified building or position is dumb. So they simply fired a RPG-29 round to collapse the building (from roof down) and take out everyone inside.