Korea, South


Korea Aerospace Industries was established on 1 October 1999 by consolidating the aerospace business of Daewoo Heavy Industries. Samsung Aerospace and Hyundai Space & Aircraft to create a single, unified aircraft manufacturer. In 2000, the Korean government designated KAI as the sole specialised aerospace defence industry in Korea, with exclusive and preferential rights in Korean aerospace defence programmes. Daewoo, Hyundai and Samsung each have a 28.1 per cent holding, with remaining 15.7 per cent held by creditors. KAI is headquartered in Seoul and operates three plants and three research facilities in the Sacheon and Changwon areas; total workforce was more than 3,200 in January 2003.
Business activities span both military and commercial sectors. Defence industry participation includes KT-1 basic trainer, T-50/A-50 advanced trainer, Korean Fighter Programme Phase 2, UAVs, Korean Multipurpose Helicopter (KMH) and Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) programmes. In the commercial aircraft sector, KAI produces helicopters and exports airframe components.
Present and recent subcontract work includes A319/A320 wing top panels and A380 bottom panels for Airbus; wing rib assemblies for Boeing 747-400; stringers for Boeing 737/747/757; wing trailing-edges for Boeing 757/767; horizontal tail surfaces and trailing-edges for Bombardier de Havilland Dash 8; long-term contracts with Boeing, Airbus, Vought and Bombardier to produce and supply major aerostructures. MoU with Boeing in February 2003 for exclusive manufacture (2004 to 2010) of fuselages for AH-64 Apache attack helicopter; potential contarct value US$350 million.
Signature of MoU between Daewoo and Korean Air Lines (KAL) announced late August 2003, under which KAL to purchase former's stake in KAI for between 102 and 130 billion won (US$86 million to US$110 million) within next few months. Negotiations with other potential investors (notably Hyundai, Samsung and EADS) continuing in early 2004.

Contact Details

HEAD OFFICE: Seosomun-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul 100737, South Korea
Tel: (+82 2) 20 01 31 14
Fax: (+82 2) 20 01 37 77
Website: www.koreaaero.com

CHANGWON PLANT: Seongju-dong, Changwon, Gyeongsangnam-do 641120
Tel: (+82 55) 280 61 14
Fax: (+82 55) 285 23 83

SACHEON PLANT 1: Yucheon-ri, Sanam-myeon, Sacheon, Gyeongsangnam-do 664942
Tel: (+82 55) 851 10 00
Fax: (+82 55) 851 10 05

SACHEON PLANT 2: Yongdang-ri, Sacheon-eup, Sacheon, Gyeongsangnam-do 664802
Tel: (+82 55) 851 29 99
Fax: (+82 55) 854 86 38

KOREAN AIR LINES CO LTD (Aerospace Division)

Aerospace Division of Korean Air Lines established 1976 to manufacture and develop aircraft; occupies 64.75 ha (160 acre) site at Kimhae, including floor area of 250,000 m2 (2.69 million sq ft); 2001 workforce about 2,150. Has overhauled RoKAF aircraft since 1978; programmed depot maintenance of US military aircraft in Pacific area began 1979, including structural repair of F-4s, systems modifications for F-16s, MSIP upgrading of F-15s and overhaul of C-130s. Began assembly in 1981 of first domestically manufactured fighter (Northrop F-5E/F), completing deliveries to RoKAF 1986. Since 1988, KAL has delivered wing components for Boeing 747/777, New-Generation 737 and MD-11 (last-named programme completed July 1999); and fuselage components for MD-80/90 and Airbus A330/A340. Deliveries of nose sections for Boeing 717 started 28 March 1997, but suspended in 2001. KAL manufactured UH-60P helicopters between 1991 and 1999, under licence from Sikorsky.
Korean Institute of Aeronautical Technology (KIAT), established as division of KAL in 1978, has grown to become a major Korean aerospace industry R&D centre. It is to add a Helicopter Development Research Centre (HDRC) as a result of October 2001 agreement with Sikorsky to collaborate on KAL's submission in KMH (Korea Multirole Helicopter) programme. Korean MoD's Agency for Defence Development (ADD) selected in 2002 to manage this programme. Official go-ahead announced September 2003 as 15 trillion won (US$13 billion) programme, despite continuing concerns over its economic viability; about 2 trillion won (US$1.7 billion) of this to be spent on R&D. Further concerns over cost voiced by government in November 2003, and re-evaluation of programme ordered. Aim is to complete development of utility version by 2010 and attack version (if still viable) by 2012. Draft programme plan was to have been completed by end of 2003 and selection of foreign partner by mid-2004, but programme status remained uncertain in early 2004.
As part of Korean industry development programme from 1988, KAL designed and developed Chang-Gong 91 light aircraft; co-developed (with McDonnelL Douglas) the MD 520K military helicopter derived from the MD 500; is a major member of KFP Korean Fighter Programme (wings and rear fuselages for F-16C/D); and domestically co-developed with Daewoo the KAI KT-1 basic trainer for the RoKAF. Following prolonged discussions in 2002-03 regarding possible integration of KAL and Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI), it was announced in late August 2003 that MoU had been signed for KAL to acquire entire 28.1 per cent Daewoo stake in KAL. This could see assets of KAL's Aerospace Division transferred into KAI.

Contact Details

Address: KA Building, 1370 Gonghang-dong, Gangseo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Tel: (+82 2) 656 39 20
Fax: (+82 2) 656 39 17
Website: www.koreanair.co.kr

103 Daejeo 2-dong, Gangseo-gu, Pusan 6181142
Tel: (+82 51) 970 56 20
Fax: (+82 51) 970 50 62

Korean Institute of Aeronautical Technology (KIAT)
461 Jonmin-dong, Yusung-ku, Taejon 305390
Tel: (+82 42) 868 61 14
Fax: (+82 42) 868 61 28


The Aircraft Division of KARI is undertaking a feasibility study for a stratospheric airship, investment for which has been estimated at some US$42 million over the period 2001 to 2007 (US$33.5 million from the South Korean government and US$8.5 million from the private sector). The project is supported by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy (MACIE). Completion of a subscale (50 m; 164 ft long) unmanned version, to have a 3-hour endurance at 5,000 m (16,400 ft), was reported in November 2003. The electrically powered helium non-rigid is controlled automatically for station-keeping; the full-size (200 m; 656 ft) stratospheric version is intended to follow.
In addition to the airship project, KARI is engaged in the development of two four-seat light aircraft, as described in the accompanying entries.

LG International Corp. as a trade arm of LG Group, has been established in 1953.
LG International Corp. has 35 representative offices and 7 subsidiaries in over 50 cities around the world serving as the backbone.
LG International Corp. as of the Aviation Business, enjoys exclusive distributorship for civilian helicopters (Ka-32, Mi-172) and airplanes (L410, L420), supplies aircrafts both to Korea and to Southeast Asia.
As of the end of February 2003, the company supplied 42 units of Russian helicopters to government organizations in Republic Korea such as Forestry Aviation Office, National Maritime Police, National Police Agency and Provincial Fire Department.
The company is looking forward to promote and develop new models of various aircraft such as Ka-226 and ANSAT light helicopters and amphibious airplane (Be-200).
Warranty, Follow-on and After-service for the supplied Ka-32 helicopter, Mi-172 helicopter and L410 aircraft have been performing by LG Technical Support Center, located in Kimpo airport, Seoul, since its establishment in 1994.
LG Technical Support Center does not provide the only field maintenance but also component repair and airframe overhaul for the supplied aircrafts. It has highly skilled and certified nearly 40 Korean and Russian Engineers and Tech-Rep from manufacturer and main vendors such as engines and transmission. Also, they've maintaining 24 hours hotline for customer's emergency call and maintaining A.O.G. stocks as worthy of USD5.0 mil for the immediate treatment of A.O.G situation.
LG Technical Support Center has received the Certificate of After-service from the Ministry of Trade and Industries in 1997 and the Certificate of Aircraft Maintenance from the Ministry of Construction and Transportation in 20


Founded by Mr Lee, KLAC, which trades as Skygear, moved from its 1,300 m2 (14,000 sq ft) plant in Namwon to larger premises in late 2002. Its Comet is the first South Korean homebuilt to appear on the US market. The company also has a pusher design, the Skygear-2000, in the flight development stage and is working on the Skygear-3000.

Contact Details

US DISTRIBUTOR: Airdale Flyer Company, 4317 Aviation Way #9, Caldwell, Idaho 83607, USA
Tel: (+1 208) 459 62 54
Website: www.airdale.com


The Y4K TelCom Corporation was established in May, 2000. The main interest of Y4K lies in the laser and fiber optic technologies. Products of Y4K (laser receivers, transmitters, multiplexers intended for heavy duty and use in multipurpose add/drop equipment) are well known in Korea, South-East Asia, USA and other countries.
The Y4K TelCom Corporation works in the UAV field with RPDC «Novik-XXI century» - the Russian partner of Y4K, the leader of Russian UAV design. On the Moscow International Airshow Y4K and «Novik-XXI century» present well known UAV GrANT with the Y4K Solid State Vertical Reference (SSVR). The SSVR technology allows to make the GrANT UAV more light-weight, more cheap and more long-life.

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