Korea Aerospace Industries LTD.(KAI) announced that the company succeeded in flying an unmanned helicopter, NI-600VT (Night Intruder-600 Vertical Take- off & Landing) in its first flight, which is being developed under its own R&D fund. In the first flight which was held September 24, in Goheung Aerospace Center, South Jeolla Province, the NI-600VT showed hovering and horizontal direction conversion functions and by doing so, the copter confirmed its flight control performance and safety.
In its test flight in a space center in the southern coastal town of Goheung, the unmanned helicopter named “Night Introduer (NI)-600VT” flew in place and turned left and right to check its flight control performance and safety, KAI said in a statement on Tuesday.
The NI-600VT is a 600-kilogram vertical take-off and landing unmanned helicopter based on a manned helicopter with two seats, KAI said, adding that key systems such as automatic flight control and aviation electronics were all made with independent technology.
KAI plans to complete the first stage of development this year and secure automatic take-off and landing capabilities on the ship. “We will lead the domestic unmanned aerial vehicle technology and industry by having our own original technologies that will enable the unmanned refinement of fixed-wing and rotating-wing aircraft in the future,” it said.
South Korea hopes to develop or acquire a variety of unmanned aerial vehicles or drones capable of staging tactical and strategic missions at high, medium and low altitudes. In July 2017, TR-60 UAV, an unmanned aerial vehicle powered by helicopter-like rotors, successfully conducted a vertical take-off and landing test aboard a fast-moving coastguard vessel.
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