South Korea’s Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has released a short promotional video of its proposed project for future military transport aircraft.
The released video does not reveal more than a similar pattern to all other aircraft in the class, such as the Japanese C-2 or the Ukrainian On-178. At the same time, the aircraft, initially called the C-2, will be a multi-mission aircraft capable of carrying cargo and missiles, launching rockets into space, inserting special operators and refueling other aircraft.
Last month, the Yonhap news agency quoted the company’s executive vice president, Ryu Guang-chu, as saying that KAI had already reached a consensus with the Defense Acquisition Project Management (DAPA) on the need to build transport and multi-purpose aircraft in the future. .
“Currently, 30 multi – purpose aircraft and 70 transport aircraft are operated by the Army, Navy and Air Force. Our goal is to replace imported aircraft with domestically built aircraft and take our own aircraft to international markets for a longer period of time,” Ryu said.
The Air Force of the Republic of Korea operates C-130s and CN-235 aircraft, primarily for air traffic operations.
If developed, the new transport aircraft will be used for a number of purposes, including reconnaissance and maritime patrol aircraft, as it shares the same base as a medium-haul aircraft, Ryu added.
Nearly a year ago, KAI said it could build its own transport aircraft in seven years, with an investment of about $ 2.7 billion.
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