Defence Procurement Agency (DAPA) of South Korea wants to study available on the market offers high-altitude reconnaissance drones and elect one of them, reports Defense News. Earlier, Directorate of Military Cooperation (DSCA) notified the U.S. Congress of the Pentagon about the possible sale of South Korea and 4 upper drone RQ-4 Global Hawk in the amount of 1.2 billion dollars.
In the current time considering buying drones Boeing Phantom Eye and AeroVironment Global Observer. According to the DAPA, which refers to the agency Agence France-Presse, the final choice in favor of one or another UAV will be made only after the companies get from the letter of intent and closely study the proposal.
If all this is not yet clear whether DAPA announce a tender to supply drones. Perhaps a statement of intent to explore the supply of drones is an attempt to influence the agency price U.S. drone, which meant South Korea to take first.
South Korea and the United States have gained the preparatory arrangements for the supply of drone Global Hawk in 2010. In March 2011, Seoul announced that he wants to accelerate the process of buying vehicles, but in December refused offers from the South American. The reason for this was the increase in the price of the original Global Hawk with 745 million dollars to 1.2 billion dollars.
Increasing the price of vehicles for South Korea in the United States explained to a sharp decline in demand for Global Hawk from the U.S. armed forces.