New record for the drone “Smart UAV” of KARI (Korea Aerospace Research Institute), the research centre of South Korea. The image of the V-22 Osprey by Boeing-Bell, it has tilting propellers at the end of its wings. They allow him to take off vertically like a helicopter, then pane horizontally at the speed of a conventional aircraft. A concept, the Koreans have now mastered across the drone. Their TR-60 is seems – it able to hold air for 6 hours and perform peak speeds up to 500 km/h.
The Korea goal: become a major drone manufacturer by 2023
KARI will devote $ 91 million in the development of drones to 2023. The objective is clear: put South Korea into the Top 5 manufacturers of civilian and military drones. Currently, the country holds, according to figures provided by the Research Institute, world seventh, with an output of 90 million dollars of drones in 2013. The objective is ambitious because the market is expanding. The Korea hopes to produce drones in 2022 $ 522 million and enter in the top 5 in 2023, a year where the world market will be of the order of $ 12 billion.
If the TR-60 convertible is spearheaded by the Korean research, Kari unveiled from multiple drones to journalists to Arirang. The convertible itself already seems to have declined in 3 versions of increasing sizes. Applications referred by the journalist are very broad and appears to be several drones presented in his report. It is more than doubtful that the TR-60 is able to go into the stratosphere, capable of achieving mission surveillance, rescue, reconnaissance and even transport and communications relay… It is all a range of different drones that South Korea is preparing to market. Korea, a future giant in the industry of the UAV? According to Jin Joo, Director, KARI, TR-60 studies will be completed in 2023 and mass production will begin in 2024.
Source : “Korea unveils its TR-60 UAV, the world’s fastest tiltrotor”, Arirang, April 20, 2015