Korean Air partners with Boeing for UAV development

SEOUL, Oct. 22 (Yonhap) — Korean Air Lines Co., South Korea’s biggest carrier, said Friday it has partnered with Boeing to jointly develop an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in preparation for future mobility demand.

Korean Air signed a memorandum of understanding with Boeing’s subsidiary Insitu for technical cooperation to develop a lightweight and modularized tactical vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAV at the 2021 Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition (ADEX), the company said in a statement.

“We expect a synergy effect by combining Korean Air’s expertise in UAV production and Insitu’s advanced UAV technologies such as system optimization and manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) operations,” it said.

Established in 1994, Insitu develops and manufactures unmanned aircraft systems and has developed Scan Eagle, an UAV operated by the U.S. Department of Defense.