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KARI TR-60

South Korea (2018)
Picture of KARI TR-60 Tilt-Rotor Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)
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The KARI TR-60 managed a take-off and landing from the deck of a moving ship in July of 2017.


Detailing the development and operational history of the KARI TR-60 Tilt-Rotor Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).  Entry last updated on 11/18/2017. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The TR-60 represents another global entry into the rotary-wing world of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs). The vehicle is more precisely a tilt-rotor, neither true fixed-wing aircraft nor helicopter, and being designed for a plethora of military and civilian roles. Development is being handled by Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) along with support from Korean Air. It was debuted at DX Korea in 2016 and is based on the Institute's "smart" TR-100 UAV tilt-rotor with program origins in 2002.

Autonomy is the name of the game with the TR-60 so take-off, landing, hover and travel actions can all be accomplished automatically. Furthermore, the tilt-rotor functionality of this UAS allows it to operate from confined spaces and from the decks of moving warships -all this while retaining the performance capabilities of a comparable fixed-wing UAS.

The air vehicle is largely arranged as a conventional aircraft relying on a centralized, rounded fuselage, wing mainplanes and a T-style tail unit. The horizontal planes of the tail unit are seated high atop the vertical tail fin. The wing mainplanes are mid-mounted at the fuselage sides and each contains a swiveling engine nacelle driving a three-bladed propeller unit. An optics/sensor blister is fitted to the fuselage's "chin" position and the undercarriage has been shown in several arrangements - a three-legged wheeled version, a four-legged wheeled version (main legs inline at centerline with outboard supporting legs) and a helicopter-type skid arrangement. A payload of about 30 kilograms is listed.

Dimensions of the aircraft include an overall length of 3 meters and a wingspan of 5 meters. Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) is 210 kilograms.


Picture of the KARI TR-60 Tilt-Rotor Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)
Picture of the KARI TR-60 Tilt-Rotor Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)


Power to the twin propeller configuration is by way of a 55 horsepower unit with drive shafts connecting the engines through the wing mainplanes. This provides the UAS with a maximum speed of 250 kilometers per hour reaching altitudes of 144,500 meters. Operational range (radius) is limited to 200 kilometers.

The TR-100 was a forerunner to the TR-60, developed over the period of ten years, and provided the framework for the new model. It promoted a maximum speed of 500 kmh, a payload capability up to 90 kilograms and an MTOW of 995 kilograms. With its introduction, the TR-100 marked South Korea as the second country in the world to produce a viable tilt-rotor UAS design - following the United States.

Propose roles for the TR-60 include Search and Rescue (SAR), humanitarian support, general reconnaissance, transport of supplies and goods over distance, communications relay and surviellance.

July 2017 - On July 7th, 2017, the TR-60 UAS successfully demonstrated an automated take-off and landing from a moving ship.






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 200mph
Lo: 100mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (155mph).

    Graph average of 150 miles-per-hour.
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Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: South Korea
Year: 2018
Type: Tilt-Rotor Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)
Manufacturer(s): Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) / Korean Air - South Korea
Production: 1
Status: In-Development
Global Operators:
South Korea (possible)
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the KARI TR-60 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
0


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
9.84 ft


Meters
3 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
16.40 ft


Meters
5 m


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
463 lb


Kilograms
210 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Engine developing 55 horsepower and driving a pair of three-bladed tilting engine nacelles.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
155 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
250 kph


Knots
135 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
124 mi


Kilometers
200 km


Nautical Miles
108 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
14,764 ft


Meters
4,500 m


Miles
2.80 mi

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

None. Mission fit to consist of optics and sensors as well as a 30 kilogram payload.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• TR-60 - Base Series Designation.
• TR-100 - Dimensionally larger version with 995kg MTOW, 90kg payload capability and 500 kph maximum speed; Overall length of 5 meters.