SEOUL, October 21. / TASS /. The military of the Republic of Korea found malfunctions in two of the four newest unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) RQ-4 Global Hawk manufactured by the American company Northrop Grumman. The delivery of these aircraft ended in September 2020, Yonhap agency reported on Wednesday.
According to a source of the agency, during the operation of one of the RQ-4 Block 30 Global Hawk vehicles, an oil leak was noticed in the landing gear, in another a malfunction was found in the control system.
According to Yonhap, an agreement on the supply of four devices worth $ 847 million was signed in 2011. The first UAV arrived on the Korean Peninsula in December last year, the last in September 2020. At the moment it is not known whether the problems existed before the arrival of the equipment in South Korea or appeared after.
Seoul is in consultation with a drone manufacturer. The South Korean military plans to begin full-fledged operation of these UAVs in the second half of 2021. A source from the agency expressed the hope that by then the faults will be eliminated.