Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has signed a memorandum of understanding (M0U) with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for unmanned loitering munition (LM) systems.

Under the MoU, the two companies will partner to provide the LM systems to the Republic of Korea (ROK) military forces.

However, the companies did not disclose the exact type of munitions to be offered.

KAI president and CEO Hyun-ho Ahn said that IAI and KAI partnered on many programmes for the past few years. These programmes included defence and commercial projects.

Hyun-ho Ahn added: “Through the combination of domestic aircraft technology and IAI’s excellent unmanned aerial system technology, IAI and KAI would provide a foothold for innovation, such as strengthening the defence power of the Republic of Korea and commercialising exports in the future.

“Mr Ahn emphasised that KAI is pleased to initiate the collaboration dialogue with IAI team in earnest through these MoUs.”

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The agreement is aimed at expanding the long-standing cooperation of the two companies to market the loitering munitions as per the requirements of the ROK Army.

Harop is one of the LM system developed in Israel by the MBT missiles division of IAI.

The unmanned combat aerial vehicle has been developed from the Harpy UAV, also developed by the IAI.

IAI president and CEO Boaz Levy said: “The MoU signed today is another milestone in our growing collaboration with KAI. IAI has long relations with the ROK and the local industries and we are happy to join KAI, one of Korea’s leading companies to explore future opportunities.

“Combining IAI’s proven capabilities in loitering munitions and KAI’s technologies and products to create an opportunity for an improved solution to the future battlefield.”