Korea Air inks a $335mn deal to produce ISR drones for South Korea

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Korea Air inks a $335mn deal to produce ISR drones for South Korea
South Korea's No. 1 air carrier Korean Air Lines Co. said Sunday that it has signed a US$333.5 million deal with the military procurement agency to mass-produce reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as part of the government's plan to build up its aerial mission capability.
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Under the contract with the country's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) signed last year, Korean Air will mass-produce the reconnaissance drones from 2016 to 2020, the company said.

Detailed terms of the contract were not disclosed.

The military earlier announced a plan to deploy UAVs to South Korea's Army and Marine divisions near the border with North Korea on search and reconnaissance missions, following a series of North Korean drones found near the western and eastern border areas.

Korean Air completed the development of a UAV in 2014 for the first time in South Korea.

The aircraft is about 4.2 meters in width and 3.4 m in length, capable of making sudden nosedives with an automatic tracking system.

"Nearly 95 percent of the aircraft's components were made by South Korean suppliers," a Korean Air official said.

(Source: Yonhap)



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