Did you know that Samsung used to make military and security technology?
Techwin started out relatively peacefully, making cameras in 1979, but by 1987, it was making helicopters, jet engines, and mobile artillery for the Korean army. Somehow, the company had no problem running its camera business on the side, as it pushed the Samsung Kenox digital cameras on the market in 1997. Though that didn't stop Techwin from making Korea's first fighter jet, the KF-16, that very same year!
At the turn of the century, Samsung handed over its aircraft business to the state-owned Korea Aerospace Industries, and kept on making cameras with the occasional K9 Thunder on the side. What's that? Well, it's the piece of vehicular destruction that's pictured on a leisury beach ride below, able to fire 155mm high-explosive, nuclear, anti-infantry projectiles at up to 25 miles (40km) away.
Before Samsung sold its holding stake in Techwin to Korean conglomerate Hanwha Group in December 2014, Techwin had built products in the following categories during its 38 years of existence: CCTV (Surveillance) systems, gas turbines, engines for helicopters, self-propelled artillery, ammunition resupply vehicles), military sentry robots SGR-A1, and more. We can't help but wonder how much of the technology that Techwin made ultimately trickled down to Samsung's smartphones and tablets? Also, rest assured, Samsung doesn't make artillery today. Unless it buys back Techwin, it can no longer become the evil megacorp that will place the world under its obedience and rule it with an iron fist.
source: Samsung Techwin , Security Today , Military Today