Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has joined the list of companies that are working to make Urban Air Mobility (UAM), which is fast gaining popularity in different regions of the world, a reality in South Korea.
At the ongoing ADEX 2021, the company has unveiled two UAM platforms, one for manned short-distance transport between cities and the other for transport of cargo. KAI will use a 5-seater electric powered vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft as the UAM vehicle for manned transport; the vehicle is designed to travel within 30 minutes between cities and will have a maximum speed of 250 km and a cruising distance of 100 km.
The UAM for unmanned cargo can load up to 600 kg of cargo and will use international standard cargo pallets for loading and unloading cargo. The UAM concept will be part of the company’s Future Vision Zone at the event; the zone will also include a virtual demonstration flight of the KF-21, which is set to have its first test flight in 2022.
The exhibition arena will also have three other zones, including for fixed wing, rotary wing aircraft and future business. On display at the fixed wing zone are the models of the FA-50 light attack aircraft, the KF-21 and the new basic trainer, Black Kite, which is being unveiled at ADEX 2021. One of the highlights of the rotary wing zone is an amphibious attack helicopter based on the Marine Corps amphibious maneuver helicopter. The helicopter, designed and developed locally, is being exhibited on the scale of a real aircraft. The helicopter is equipped with a total of six external arming stations by applying stub wings, thus allowing the integration of various armaments for amphibious support and attack missions such as air-to-air, air-to-ground, and unguided rockets.
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