South Korea Could Export UVS,
Missile Technology to the UAE

Following its successful bid to build four nuclear reactors in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at a cost of US$20 billion, South Korea is tightening its defense cooperation with the Middle East nation, announcing plans to transfer unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology to the UAE. Among the systems in discussion are three indigenously developed programs – the corps level Night Intruder-300 (RQ-101) developed by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), the Hyunmoo II ballistic missile and Hyunmoo III (Eagle) cruise missile recently fielded with the Korean military in 2009. Technology transfer is believed to have been part of the requirements demanded by the UAE. (read more...)

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According to The Korea Times newspaper of Seoul, Defense Minister Kim Tae-young made the commitment during his visit to the UAE in November, to discuss bilateral defense issues. The naval version of the missile, Hyunmoo IIIC is Tomahawk-like cruise missile designed for surface vessels, such as the KDX-III class guided missile destroyers built for the Republic of Korea Navy. is also The newspaper also said Seoul also offered the UAE technologies related to the Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) weapon program under development in Korea. According to the Korean newspaper the EMP program is expected to mature by 2014. Transfer of technologies related to the Hyunmoo III cruise missile could violate of the Missile Transfer Control Regime (MTCR) attempting to limit the worldwide proliferation of missile technology.

The export of unmanned systems could also hit some obstacles since Libya has also expressed interest in the Night Intruder-300 and, if such systems are to be delivered to the UAE, and Libya, South Korea could be required to find an alternative to the ground control segment being used with the system, which currently consists of systems developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) for the Searcher II UAV system. The Night Intruder 3000 began development in 2001 and was fielded with the South Korean Army since 2004. Sofar five systems have been produced.

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The Night Intruder-300 UAV developed and Produced by Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI). Photos: KAI