South Korea's highlights UAV spending plan

South Korea highlights unmanned systems interest in latest defence spending plan link

Source: Jane’s

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  • The Republic of Korea (RoK) armed forces are set to receive a range of unmanned capabilities across its land, air, and naval services under the Ministry of National Defense’s (MND’s) latest ‘2021–25 mid-term defence plan’
  • For example, the RoK Air Force (RoKAF) will receive the indigenously developed Mid-Altitude Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (MUAVs) by 2025
  • The MUAV is a MALE-class UAV with a length of 13 m, a wingspan of 25 m, and a height of 3 m
  • The type is equipped with a 1,200 hp turboprop engine that enables it to attain a maximum altitude of 45,000 ft (13,716 m) and an endurance of 24 hours
  • The RoKAF plans to establish the 39th Reconnaissance Squadron by the end of 2020 in anticipation of the first serial-production reconnaissance MUAVs within the first half of 2021
  • The unit will operate MUAVs in reconnaissance and strike configurations, as well as the US-made Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) platform
  • The defence blueprint also calls for the development of the Stealth UAV within the 2021–25 timeframe. The MND’s Agency for Defense Development (ADD) released on 5 August what could be an early design of the Stealth UAV
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