DARPA selects Korean Air to develop new UAV

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has selected Korean Air…

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has selected Korean Air as the main developer of an indigenous medium-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to start missions after 2016, a military source said Sunday.

Korean Air, the country’s largest airline, won the bid over the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), which has dominated the country’s military aircraft programs, the source told The Korea Times. DAPA will announce the winner next month, he said.

The national-flag carrier, with the technological help of a foreign defense firm, will develop and integrate the spy plane’s fuselage and other related systems, including a ground-control station and mission equipment package (MEP), in cooperation with the state-run Agency for Defense Development (ADD), said the source.

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