Shortcut to Body Shortcut to main menu

News & Event

  • Home
  • News
  • News & Event
KARI tiltroter successfully completes takeoff, landing on ship

According to Yonhap News,

(DAEJEON=Yonhap News) South Korea's locally developed unmanned tiltrotor aircraft successfully took off and landed on a vessel, the state-run aerospace institute said Tuesday.

The Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), based in Daejeon, said the 200-kilogram TR-60 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) successfully completed the maneuver from the flight deck of a Coast Guard cutter sailing at 10 knots last Friday.

The TR-60 can be used for surveillance, as well as search and rescue operations at sea.

KARI said the takeoff and landing marks a milestone since UAV operations are notoriously difficult on ships due to wake turbulence caused by the ship's superstructure.

"This trial flight confirmed the possibility of the TR-60's flight from the vessel," said Oh Soo-hoon, a KARI official, adding that the unmanned tiltroter will be further used for other purposes, such as illegal fishing monitoring in South Korean waters.

Currently, only a couple of countries, including the United States and Israel, have effectively mastered tiltrotor technology.

KARI developed the TR-100 UAV in 2012, the second such aircraft in the world after one made by the United States.

(Photo courtesy of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute) (Yonhap)

Copyrights Yonhap News. All Rights Reserved.
Reprint without permission or redistribution is prohibited.

Source Text

Source: Yonhap News (Jul. 11, 2017)