Korean Air signed an exclusive collaboration
agreement (ECA) with Raytheon on Tuesday.
purpose of the ECA
is for the two companies to collaborate on design, modifications, flight tests and
airworthiness for the Korean Intelligence Surveillance Target
Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) program.
today’s threat environment, a few seconds can make all the
difference,” said Roy Azevedo, president of Raytheon Space and
Airborne Systems. “Our Multi-INT solution ensures Korean
commanders have the information they need, when they need it. By
combining multiple sensors with advanced communications systems,
we’re delivering decision superiority.”
ECA, both companies seek to jointly participate in ISTAR and
expand collaboration in other technological areas needed by the
Republic of Korea’s military, including follow-on logistics
support in Korea and overseas markets.
Korean Air is carrying out depot level maintenance and upgrade
programs for more than 4,500 aircraft, including Korean and US
fighters, cargo aircraft and helicopters. It has the largest
military aircraft upgrade capability and depot level maintenance
company in the Asia-Pacific region.
Korean Air is Korea’s leading developer in unmanned aerial
vehicles (UAV), including division-level tactical UAV, which are
being deployed to the army, and strategic medium altitude unmanned
aerial vehicles (MUAV) under flight test and tilt rotor UAV.
successful completion of the Navy P-3C maritime patrol aircraft
upgrade program, which is the core power of Korea’s anti-submarine
operations and the Air Force's signals intelligence (SIGINT)
aircraft system development program, contributed to strengthening
Korea’s anti-submarine power and surveillance and reconnaissance
President and CTO of Korean Air, Mr. Soo-Keun Lee, said, “Korean
Air, which has the best aircraft upgrade and MRO capabilities in
Korea, expects to make a great contribution to increase
surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities for the Korean
military through collaboration with Raytheon, which has the
world's best mission equipment technology.”