KAI invests in domestic firm to incorporate advanced technologies into aviation and defense

Lim Chang-won Reporter() | Posted : November 24, 2021, 10:30 | Updated : November 24, 2021, 10:30

[Courtesy of KAI]


SEOUL -- Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), the sole aircraft maker in South Korea, will secure a 10 percent stake in Konan Technology, a domestic company that offers IT solutions and data analysis, to incorporate technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data and deep learning into aviation and defense fields.

KAI will cooperate with Konan Technology to develop AI-based prognostics and health management (PHM) applicable to fighter jets and urban air mobility, which is an ecosystem covering personal air vehicles and infrastructure such as a new navigation system, take-off and landing fields and charging technologies. 

PHM enables real-time health assessment of a system as well as the prediction of its future state under actual operating conditions. It has received great attention in various industries as a means to prevent failure, reduce operating costs and achieve predictive maintenance. PHM incorporates various disciplines including sensing technologies, physics of failure, machine learning, modern statistics, and reliability engineering. 

"We will accelerate KAI's digital convergence through strategic cooperation with startups and innovative companies with digital capabilities," KAI CEO Ahn Hyun-ho said. "Through this, we will focus on strengthening the growth momentum of our future business sector."

Using Konan's technologies, KAI will push for new AI and big data platform-based projects and use big data analysis technology to process large-capacity video and voice data secured from satellites. Through the joint development of autonomous flight and collision avoidance AI algorithms as well as software to analyze large-capacity flight and operational data, KAI would secure core technologies for future aircraft operations and manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T).

MUM-T is the cooperative employment of unmanned assets with traditional manned platforms. MUM-T operations combine the strengths of each platform to increase situational awareness, allowing troops to conduct operations that include combat support and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions. 
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