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South Korean army prioritises unmanned systems

4th December 2020 - 02:07 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

Whether on land or in the air, the army of South Korea is pushing ahead strongly with unmanned technologies as it aims to fight smarter.

South Korea is moving ahead with promised spending of KRW2.7 trillion ($2.45 billion) on unmanned technologies. Indeed, the most recent announcement concerned three new UAV types being acquired for the Republic of Korea Army (ROKA) under a fast-tracked pilot programme.

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) revealed on 2 December that three contracts had been concluded for small UAVs, with these set to be delivered from 2021 so the ROKA can conduct ongoing trials lasting 3-6 months. However, the number of aircraft being obtained was not disclosed, nor the contract values.

Wang Jung-hong, DAPA’s head, said, ‘The rapid pilot project …

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