The project consists of creating a team of several aerial vehicles in which a manned aircraft and three or four stealth drones can carry out coordinated missions. The drone squad will not only support a manned aircraft, but will also be able to conduct their own military operations.
The South Korea Defense Development Agency (ADD) wants to contract with the national carrier Korean Air to produce the KF-21 fighter jet.
Having just successfully completed the development of its domestically designed KF-21 fighter jet, the country is seeking to produce stealthy unmanned military drones that can help neutralize North Korea’s dense air defense system.
The ADD selected Korean Air on Aug. 12 as the “preferred bidder” for the defense agency’s “stealth unmanned aerial vehicle squadron development” project.
“Korean Air has received high marks for its technology in the first stage of the bidding process,” according to a company statement.
The unmanned aerial vehicle stealth squadron technology is being developed for the first time in South Korea as part of the Defense Technology R&D project for ADD Future Challenges.
The project involves Korean Air developing a system of multiple manned and unmanned aerial vehicles in which a manned aircraft and three or four stealth drones can carry out missions simultaneously.
The drone squad will not only support and escort a manned aircraft, but will also be able to perform their own missions, including surveillance, electronic jamming tactics, and precious ground attack.