Korean Air and Boeing have signed a Memorandum of Agreement
for the joint development of 500MD unmanned helicopters.
According to the MOA, Boeing will provide technical
support for flight control and other data, and for test
evaluations. Korean Air and Boeing will also carry out an overseas
joint marketing program.
Korean Air successfully remodeled
the ROK Air Force’s retired 500MD helicopters to unmanned
helicopters from 2014 to May 2016.
Based on this success, Korean
Air has launched a new project that will run until 2017 to remodel
500MD helicopters into unmanned armed helicopters.
500MD armed unmanned helicopter will not only be able to perform
day and night reconnaissance and surveillance missions but will
also be able to conduct a short-distance precision strike, a
feature which will maximize the helicopter’s usage at the front
line when an immediate response is required.
agreement, Korean Air will be able to create unmanned helicopter
business opportunities not only in Korea but also in the
international market,” said Mr. Myung Rae Ham, Senior Vice
President of Aerospace division, Korean Air. “Korean Air and
Boeing will fully cooperate in the domestic and foreign unmanned
helicopter business and seek to achieve a win-win strategy.”
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