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South Korean manufacturers invest heavily in new UAV designs

23rd October 2023 - 05:24 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Seoul

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The South Korean government has been funding half of the MPUV’s KRW16.16 billion ($12.9 million) development costs, with both civilian and military missions in mind. (Photo: Gordon Arthur)

South Korean companies displayed a multitude of developmental and conceptual UAVs at Seoul ADEX 2023.

South Korean manufacturers were out in force with new UAV designs at Seoul ADEX 2023. Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) was showing models of its conceptual Adaptable Aerial Platform, a loyal wingman, alongside the KF-21 fighter. The equipment could be used for jamming, ISR, attack and as decoys.

KAI also showed its NCUAV, a MALE UAV with 17m wingspan destined for the Republic of Korea Army (ROKA). Its 10-year development has been completed and flight test activity should conclude before the end of the year. 

Brand new was KAI’s Advanced Air Vehicle (AAV) concept. Its latest C103 design improves upon the C101 model

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

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