South Korean Army contracts Aura for additional VIPER systems

4 September 2012 (Last Updated September 4th, 2012 03:45)

Aura Systems has been awarded a contract for the delivery of additional 5kW AC vehicle-integrated primary electrical resource (VIPER) mobile power systems to the South Korean Army, under the MMV-programme.

Aura Systems has been awarded a contract for the delivery of additional 5kW AC vehicle-integrated primary electrical resource (VIPER) mobile power systems to the South Korean Army, under the MMV-programme.

The latest award for 100 systems brings the total units ordered by the army to 620 under the ten year, 1,000-system contract.

Aura CEO Melvin Gagerman said that the company's business with the South Korean military was expanding, highlighted by integration into numerous programmes.

"Our backlog for South Korea is now over 76 million to be delivered over the next seven years, and we also expect the MSV-contract for 500-1,000 systems per year to be awarded sometime in the next six months."

"Our backlog for South Korea is now over 76 million to be delivered over the next seven years, and we also expect the MSV-contract for 500-1,000 systems per year to be awarded sometime in the next six months," Gagerman said.

"In addition to the South Korean military, we have started to ship small quantities of the VIPERs to Israel, UK, France, and Singapore. We recently also established distribution channels for military programmes in the Philippines, Malaysia, Turkey and Indonesia."

The company also secured a contract for the supply of 20 3-phase 220VAC systems as part of the previously announced national recreation reservation system (NRRS) programme, bringing the total systems to be delivered to 132, of which 62 units have already arrived.

Designed for integration into a mobile radar system, the VIPER is an axially symmetric power generator and vehicles power management system that uses rotating energy from an engine to deliver both AC and DC power, on location, for military applications.

VIPER deliveries are scheduled to take place by the end of September 2012, while VAC systems will be delivered over the next two months.

South Korea has placed orders for 2,137 systems for seven different military programmes valued at $13m to date, in addition to 7,000 AuraGen/VIPER systems that are to be supplied over a seven-year period at the rate of 1,000 a year, as part of a separate $63m programme.