KAI K-UCAV demonstrator

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South Korea plans to acquire a variety of unmanned air vehicles across all spectrums in the coming years, with local and international companies vying for what industry observers say is one of the most lucrative markets in Asia.

State-owned Korea Aerospace Industries is keen to get ahead of the competition, and displayed a concept for a new unmanned combat air vehicle and an upgraded medium-altitude UAV at the Seoul air show in late October.

Studies into the K-UCAV began in 2008 and are at an "advanced conceptual design" stage, says a KAI official. Discussions with the South Korean defence ministry are "at an early stage and ongoing", the source adds....

http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2009/10/28/334085/kai-outlines-work-on-indigenous-ucav-design.html
 

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Its good to see the asian market come alive with UCAV sales. Perhaps they will inspire some truely inventive designs. :)
 

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Hi,

http://airdroids.blogspot.com/2010_02_01_archive.html
 

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Farnborough 2010, KAI stand (dialogue is not exact, I don't remember every word, but the essence is there):

Q: Hi, what is the current status of the K-UCAV demonstrator?
A: What project?
Q: UCAV demonstrator, shown in the model form last months. What was done, what is the current status in its development?
A: (to the second stuff) Do you know what it is? Yes, probably he means that UCAV demonstrator. Aha, well, we don't have the customer.
Q: Okay, there is not any formal request now, but how far went the work on that?
A: Well, we made some model, but we don't have the customer.
Q: So everything what you did is that you made a model?
A: Sorry, I don't know anything more about.
 

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The K-UCAV makes an appearance at 3:44

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wrAW1k7x8Y

Source:

Trimble, Stephen "VIDEO: Meet KAI's UAV line-up" The DEW Line November 2, 2009
http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/the-dewline/2009/11/video-meet-kais-uav-line-up.html
 

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I somehow missed that before. The K-UCAV model is in fact RC 20% scaled demonstrator that already flew in 2008 - 2009 timeframe. The proposed full scale variant should be in the 4 tons TOW, wingspan 9,1 m and lenght 8,4 m. Endurance is expected to be the 5 hours in max. altitude 12 km and max. speed Mach 0,85.
 

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Some official data.

http://blog.chosun.com/blog.log.view.screen?blogId=71454&logId=4306842
 

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Same old model on display at the 2015 Paris Air Show.
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Hi cleaning up / dusting off some archives…
Picture of an "old" 2 page KAI K-UCAV Paris Air Show brochure, with specs.

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