Boeing Demos Unmanned Helicopter Tech for Korean Army; Joseph Song Comments

Boeing Little Bird

Boeing has demonstrated unmanned aircraft technology that could used by Republic of Korea Army MD 500 helicopters, according to a Space Daily article.

“Boeing and KAL continue to build on a history of collaboration to offer our customers innovative solutions, grow new business, and expand Korea’s aerospace and defense industry capabilities,” said Joseph Song, vice president and managing director for Boeing’s defense, space and security business in Korea.

Boeing flew its unmanned little bird demonstrator aircraft for about 25 minutes at the ROKA aviation school in Nonsan, to demonstrate that its pilotless technology could be integrated onto the MD 500 to support intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, resupply and other missions.

The ULB is a variant of the MD 500 helicopter, according to the article.

Korean Air Aerospace Division assembled ROKA MD 500s from 1976 to 1987 under license from Boeing heritage companies Hughes Helicopters and McDonnell Douglas.

KAL delivered approximately 500 MD 500s to Hughes Helicopters.

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