Samsung Builds Weapons of Death

Korean consumer electronics giant Sumsung is also a weapons manufacturer. Samsung builds an automated sentry robot, which is able to fire a machine gun autonomously at intruders. It is used to guard areas and can detect a target and fire a weapon without reference to a human controller. See also Anyone approaching an area guarded by one of these needs a password, otherwise they will be shot at by a robotically controlled machine gun.

As someone who has occasionally purchased Samsung products, and been satisfied with them, this gives me pause. It hadn’t occurred to me that the Korean company would be a weapons manufacturer. I have additional concerns about the weapon it produces, which is one that further removes responsibility for a violent action from the operator. The search for a new computer printer to replace the aging Samsung laser printer we now have prompted me look at Samsung’s record on military sales.

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Policy Paper #12, the South Korean arms industry is not very transparent, and few figures are available regarding the size and nature of the arms manufacturing industry there. In 1999 Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) was formed from Samsung Aerospace, Daewoo Heavy Industries and Machinery, and Hyundai Heavy Industries. It has been recognised as the Korean national defense company and provides a number of services and products (especially military aircraft) to the Korean Defence Department. (Source) It isn’t clear if it is partly owned by Samsung, but one presumes so.

According to Joongang Daily, South Korea was one of the top 12 countries that sold arms to Iraq before the Iraq War, violating UN sanctions.

Samsung Techwin, a subsidiary of Samsung, makes an armoured military vehicle. Also, a self propelled howitzer, amphibious assault vehicles, and other products. (Source)

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  1. #1 by SaleenS7 on September 18, 2012 - 15:46

    Boeing makes weapons too. Do you still fly?
    This being said, I find it disturbing and it makes me think of LG, HTC to replace my Samsung Galaxy phone.

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