30.1.2020

South Korea to develop indigenous turbofan engine by 2025

South Korea to develop indigenous turbofan engine by 2025 – link

Source: Yonhap News Agency

Article Headlines

  • South Korea plans to develop an advanced turbofan engine for UAVs with its own technology by 2025, the arms procurement agency said Thursday
  • In order to develop an indigenous model, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), in cooperation with the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, will launch the project this year by pouring in 88 billion won (US$74.4 million) with an aim to complete its development by 2025, according to its officials
  • For the project, the two entities signed a memorandum of understanding

Overview & Comments

  • The intended production of an indigenous UAV engine of this magnitude is most probably the country’s long-time effort to independently produce its own MALE / HALE system
  • While the country obtains a portfolio of locally designed mini to tactical systems it still relies on foreign systems in the larger categories: Near the end of 2019 the first RQ-4 Global Hawk was delivered. In the MALE category the country operates IAI’s Heron 1 purchased in 2014

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