South Korea is developing a tailless stealth drone similar to the Lockheed RQ 170 Sentinal.
The US first deployed the Lockheed RQ 170 Sentinal in Afghanistan back in 2007. The US built about 20-30 Lockheed RQ 170 Sentinals.
The US also has the Grumman X47B stealth drone. The US spent about $1 billion on the Navy X47B stealth drone program and built two of them before retiring them. The wingspan of the blended-wing-body design, Korean KUS-FC drone, is 16 meters (53 ft.) and the length is 10 meters. The second X47B was larger and had a 62 foot wingspan and weighed about 7 tons empty and would takeoff with 20 tons of weight.
South Korea is also developing “suicide drones” that would deploy from a soldier’s backpack with a significant payload of explosives.
South Korea is also developing ground support robots. These are like unmanned jeeps to support a squad by carrying about 1 ton of equipment.
Hanwha MUGV ground bot has a maximum speed of 40 kilometers per hour on paved roads and 18 kph over land without roads. A competing ground bot HR-Sherpa’s has maximum 30 kph speed on paved roads and 15 kph over land without roads. The Hanwha MUGV has a driving range of 200 kilometers compared to the HR-Sherpa’s 30 kilometers. Both use lithium-ion batteries. The remote control range of Hanwha MUGV is 1.6 kilometers, compared to the HR-Sherpa’s 1 kilometer. With the help of a communication drone, Hanwha can increase the range two to three times.
SOURCES- Wikipedia, Defense Post, korean Herald
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7 thoughts on “South Korea Developing Advanced Military Robots and Stealth Drones”
That's how stealthy it is, even a photograph of it ends up looking like computer graphics of another country's aircraft.
Well yes, a remotely piloted cruise missile (which have been around since WWII) is called a drone now for marketing reasons.
A piloted cruise missile is a different thing altogether, though Japan used them in WWII to significant effect.
Maybe it will be, and I don't thing that is a photograph.
There is no telling what Taiwan has waiting for the communists. The immense, constantly communicated threat has no doubt spurred all sorts of very frightening innovation.
Here's an idea. A "cobalt bomb" hidden of the coast of the mainland. Lets say in the yellow sea, so the northernmost trade winds will carry the Co-60 across the mainland, to precipitate out on the eastern slope of the Himalayas, and ride the rivers to the sea. Maybe further north east of North Korea, so Beijing will get a good dose.
I'm glad I'll never be invading that island! I almost feel sorry for the PLA that land/parachute in. Mines of every design, flying drones, every civilian that doesn't run away armed to the teeth. Maybe the commies are so bellicose because the don't have the grit to invade, and they're covering it up.
Backpack suicide drones are a mortar substitute, which is useful because infantry is a very weight-constrained job.
Wrong title picture, dude. This is no korean aircraft.
The sure don't make "suicide drones" like they used to. Really, it's just a very small piloted cruise missile. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Aphrodite
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