Are N.Korean Drones Knockoffs of Chinese Products?

Two North Korean unmanned aerial vehicles that recently crashed in Paju, Gyeonggi Province and in Samcheok, Gangwon Province are probably copies of Chinese drones.

On Wednesday, an amateur UAV club posted an image of a Chinese drone which looks very much like the crashed drones after performing an Internet search.

The SKY-09P drone on the website of China TranComm Technologies /Newsis The SKY-09P drone on the website of China TranComm Technologies /Newsis

The SKY-09P, a drone shown on the website of China TranComm Technologies, is 1.21 m long with a wingspan of 1.92 m and a maximum takeoff weight of 12 kg.

The North Korean UAVs are 1.22 m long with a wingspan of 1.92 m and a takeoff weight of 13 kg, according to the Agency for Defense Development here.

englishnews@chosun.com / Apr. 17, 2014 09:39 KST