The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Tawazun Council and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the joint improvement of the subsequent technology of multi-mission cargo plane. The MoU between Korea Aerospace Industries and Tawazun will reportedly commit the UAE to take a position $3.2 billion within the improvement of the corporate’s MC-X undertaking, which was introduced in 2021 because the native resolution to fulfill native necessities. The settlement was signed by Tareq Al Hosani, Secretary-Common of Tawazun Council, and Kang Gu-young, consultant of the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), and is one among a number of agreements, valued at $30 billion, signed in the course of the go to to the UAE of South Korean President President Yoon Suk Yeol.

The Republic of Korea Air Drive (ROKAF) is at present trying to change its cargo plane fleet, and the MC-X is an intermediate-size plane that might match the invoice. The service at present operates 12 Lockheed Martin C-130H/C-130H-30 and 4 C-130J-30 turboprop tactical transport plane, 4 Airbus A330 Multi Function Tanker Transport (MRTT) which may undertake each air-to-air refuelling and personnel/cargo supply missions, and round 20 CN-235-100/220 plane configured for transport missions. Nonetheless, the shortage of successors to the C-130J and the Boeing C-17 leaves the A400M as the one fashionable transport plane available on the market, however its dimension makes it too massive and too costly for a lot of transport missions.


Korea Aerospace Industries unveiled a scale mannequin and specs for its proposed MC-X multirole cargo plane at DX Korea 2022. (Photograph by KAI)

The official famous that Korea Aerospace Industries’s goal is to develop a next-generation multirole transport plane that’s positioned when it comes to dimension and capabilities between the Lockheed Martin C-130J Tremendous Hercules and Airbus A400M Atlas platforms. Whereas the corporate is initially planning to develop and manufacture the plane as an in-house undertaking, it’s potential {that a} overseas business accomplice might be sought relying on subsequent technical assessments. The MC-X is also probably provided to the export market, which might pit it in opposition to the Japan Air Self-Protection Drive (JASDF) Kawasaki C-2 “Blue Whale” and the Brazilian Air Drive Embraer C-390 “Millennium” navy transport aircrafts.

Korea Aerospace Industries unveiled a mannequin of a proposed new turbofan-powered multirole transport plane referred to as the Multi-mission Cargo eXperimental (MC-X) Orca undertaking on the DX Korea 2022 Army Exhibition. In response to firm specs, the MC-X is predicted to be a twin-engine plane – some 40.3 m lengthy, 13.5 m tall, and 41.1 m in span – with a most take-off weight can be 92,000 kg with a payload capability of as much as 30,000 kg. Will probably be outfitted with 30,000 lb-class turbofan engines which can be anticipated to supply a most velocity of 926 km/h and cruising vary of seven,000 km. Different deliberate options embody an plane self-defence system and an automatic loading system.