A key objective of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute is that South Korea should be in the top five for global unmanned aircraft industries by the end of 2023. The government-backed agency wants the country to be in the top three by the end of 2027.
The government-backed Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) launched its "futuristic" Optionally Piloted Personal Air Vehicle in April 2019. The agency is aiming to achieve the first flight with a technology demonstrator around the middle of 2022 and intends to seek certification from the Korea Office of Civil Aviation. It confirmed to FutureFlight that an undisclosed South Korean company is involved in building the aircraft.
Not much information has been released about the eVTOL design, which appears from a sub-scale model shown in a wind tunnel to be an all-electric tiltrotor design that would have five seats.
KARI has previously been involved in developing the TR-60 unmanned tiltorotor, apparently with military applications in mind. The Institute has not provided any further public update on the program.