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Korean Air to develop a loyal wingman for ROKAF

24th August 2022 - 05:21 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch


Here is concept artwork showing four loyal wingmen accompanying a notional sixth-generation fighter. (Image: Korean Air)

South Korea is joining the loyal wingman bandwagon, with a domestic company contracted to produce a detailed design for a new UAV.

Korean Air Aerospace Division (KAL-ASD) has been selected as the preferred bidder to develop a new loyal wingman UAV platform for South Korea’s military as part of national manned-unmanned teaming efforts.

The Agency for Defense Development (ADD) awarded a ‘stealth UAV squadron development’ contract to Korean Air on 12 August, according to a press release by the latter several days later.

The envisaged system will see three or four such loyal wingmen supporting a single crewed combat aircraft, to create squadrons of stealthy UAVs.

ADD’s development of the new UAV commenced last November, and its basic design has been finalised.

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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