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Korea's unmanned systems suppliers produce Global Hawk components

During the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition, Northrop Grumman Corporation and its supplier partners celebrated the first component parts manufactured in the Republic of Korea for the country's RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS). Global Hawk provides valuable wide-area intelligence gathering capabilities to military commanders. Firstec and Korea Jig and...

ANALYSIS: The complicated conception of KFX

Four years ago, at the 2011 instalment of the Seoul AirShow, South Korean officials predicted that 2013 would see the start of development for the country’s long-planned indigenous KFX fighter aircraft. A first flight was likely in 2015, and full scale production in 2021. Seoul would have a 60% share in the project, while prospective partners Indonesia and Turkey would each have 20%. Th...

ANALYSIS: Korean Air eyes MRO opportunities

Korean Air’s Tech Center lies west of runway 16L at Busan’sGimhae International airport. A sprawling array of hangars, warehouses, and production facilities, it is home to the flag-carrier’s low-profile aerospace division, KAL-ASD. It is here where the company performs the majority of its MRO work, and where it also runs a successful aerostructures business. “Places...

KAI conducts maiden flight of KT-100 ab initio trainer

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has conducted the first flight of its KT-100 aircraft, the ab initio trainer variant of the KC-100 Naraon light aircraft. The flight took place on 5 October from KAI’s Sacheon factory, and last about one hour and twenty minutes, KAI says in a statement. The KT-100 variant features a video/voice recorder, identification friend-or-foe equipment, and other...