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Hanwha Corporation, the former Korea Explosives Corporation, is a world business leader in industrial explosives production, and in construction, trade, machinery, and pharmaceuticals. It was founded in 1952 and is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. It is a Fortune 500 company and is one of the top ten Korean business groups. Hanwha has over 53 domestic affiliates, and 78 global network partners. It has business operations in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, China, and Southeast Asia. As of 2011, the company has assets of nearly 90 billion U.S. dollars.
The South Korean Company was officially designated a defense contractor in 1974. Since then, it has specialized in munitions, whose productions process has been under strict government control and for which the Korean Government is the sole customer.
Hanwha is one of South Korea's two producers of cluster munitions (Poongsan is the other). The company produces 130 mm Multiple Launch Rocket System and 2.75" Multi-purpose sub-munitions (MPSM). The company confirmed its manufacture of these types of cluster munitions in a written answer to Norway's Government Pension Fund in 2007.
The 130 mm MLRS is described on the company's website as a rocket "to launch multiple rockets into concentrated enemy encampments across a wide area."
The 2.75-inch MPSM is identified on the company's website as the "HE MPSM K224 Warhead [that] contains 9 each multipurpose sub-munitions for use against personnel, material and light armor.
In February 2010, Hanwha Corp issued Korean Won 100 billion (US$86.1 million) three-year bonds. The proceeds were used for general corporate purposes. Tong Yang Securities underwrote the complete issue.