GE Aviation signs agreement for future systems studies with Kookmin University

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July 17, 2018

GE Aviation and Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to study various future systems, procedures and possible uses for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).

The agreement was signed at the Farnborough International Air show by Dr. Ji Soo Yu, president of Kookmin University and Alan Caslavka, president of Avionics Systems for GE Aviation.

"This collaboration builds upon our experience with Kookmin University in Aviation and recent indigenous new UAV testing in South Korea," said Alan Caslavka, president of Avionics Systems for GE Aviation. "Our ongoing work with Kookmin will help validate various technologies as we work globally to accelerate safe unmanned air systems."

Kookmin University established the Defense UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Research & Development Center in April 2018 and will bring resources to obtain defense projects and develop business proposals. This will be combined with GE Aviation's expertise in aviation, unmanned systems and avionics systems.

"As one of the top universities in Korea, Kookmin University is leading the recent innovations in technologies including autonomous vehicle, information security & cryptology, sensors, 3D printing, and software. Collaboration with GE Aviation will help us further the leadership and extend the leadership to the area of unmanned air systems," said Dr. Ji Soo Yu, president of Kookmin University.