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    N. Korean drones

    the two on the right look kind of interesting.Click image for larger version. 

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    Re: N. Korean drones

    That is a S. Korean flag in the background. So were these captured by S. Korea?
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    Re: N. Korean drones

    Looks like off the cover of a 1975 RCM. They might have been buying all the Kraft and EK Logitrol radios of ebay.

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    Re: N. Korean drones

    Quote Originally Posted by Aerowerx View Post
    That is a S. Korean flag in the background. So were these captured by S. Korea?
    Yes. But less "captured" and more like "recovered" in SK. UAVs have a tendency to wander off on their own. There is a free RQ-11 Raven somewhere in the vicinity of Camp Shelby, MS if you want to go go beat the bush looking for it...

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    Re: N. Korean drones

    per the accompanying article, the parts were from china, japan and s korea. allegedly some of them had stored footage of south korean military assets. i mostly just thought the flying wings were interesting.

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    I'm surprised by the bulky and complicated landing gear on the V-tailed drone. Also, I wonder if the deltas have gull wings for any reason other than to look cool?

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    Re: N. Korean drones

    Quote Originally Posted by lurker View Post
    per the accompanying article, the parts were from china, japan and s korea. allegedly some of them had stored footage of south korean military assets. i mostly just thought the flying wings were interesting.
    Yeah, North Korea Military sending in Walmart spec built drones

    I can get South and North Korean military assets on Google Maps, it's not rocket science - hmmm, well it is actually!
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    [QUOTE=cheapracer;216464]Yeah, North Korea Military sending in Walmart spec built drones

    NK does have limited technical resources due to the sanctions placed upon it. Notice the SLR camera? I guess that was its payload "imagery system".

    However, don't chuckle too condescendingly, how long ago was that photo taken? And with the NKs buddies with Iran, I'm sure that captured RQ-170 will be a renaissance to NK UAS design and capacities if you consider that most of the electronics for US civil RC/UAV (which aren't far removed from military systems) come from Asian suppliers these days.


    I can get South and North Korean military assets on Google Maps
    But it will be months to years old and with "degraded resolution".

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    Re: N. Korean drones

    Oh lookout the toys are comming! Toys R us, #1 weapons supplier to North Koera, That's like the guys from Rotor Way going to Africa to check out some kits sold there,
    They found 50 cal machine guns & rockets mounted on them.

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    Re: N. Korean drones

    Quote Originally Posted by D Hillberg View Post
    Oh lookout the toys are comming! Toys R us, #1 weapons supplier to North Koera, That's like the guys from Rotor Way going to Africa to check out some kits sold there,
    They found 50 cal machine guns & rockets mounted on them.
    Are you sure that is was from SA, and not a mod by ChopperGirl?

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    Re: N. Korean drones

    A RotorWay capable of handling a .50 cal? I like it. We should send someone like Bud Davisson down there to do a pilot report on them. (Adverse yaw, necessary structural improvements, crew requirements, control responses) Are the neighboring countries allowing private ownership of 20mm or 40mm Flak guns?

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    Re: N. Korean drones

    Quote Originally Posted by lurker View Post
    ... I mostly just thought the flying wings were interesting.
    Interesting, yes. However flying-wings are super simple to do as UAV's. The CG hardly shifts at all.
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    Re: N. Korean drones

    Quote Originally Posted by Tiger Tim View Post
    I'm surprised by the bulky and complicated landing gear on the V-tailed drone. Also, I wonder if the deltas have gull wings for any reason other than to look cool?

    -Tim
    Maybe they have a limited buget, so they bought toys on E-bay and modifed them for military/FPV use..?
    That's way cheaper than trying to design any on their own. The famous 'trial and error' method.

    You'd be surprised how many civilians modifed toy drones to perform just like military high cost drones and have a range of around 200km. Pretty good even for modern battelfields, and dirt cheap. The down side is that these drones has no jamming protection, so that could one of the reasons why we see these NK drones in what seems to be a SK courtroom.

    That's just a wild guess, based on some RC drones people use to fly far away and back.


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    Re: N. Korean drones

    Some civilian jamming toys, military equipment tends to be much larger and could down big drones like Sentinel and the likes.


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    Re: N. Korean drones

    Quote Originally Posted by Topaz View Post
    Interesting, yes. However flying-wings are super simple to do as UAV's. The CG hardly shifts at all.
    What's your opinion about 3D printed drones as a simple method of building large quantities of cheap drones?



    It's surprising the North Koreans have not thought of that, they still seems to be struggling with toys. What's their point of having nuclear weapons if they can't even make their own drone designs..? Seems pretty lame to me, but that's just my opinion.

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