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ADEX 2023: RoKMC exploring Aron M80 WIG flying ship for marine amphibious operations

Model of the Aron M80 WIG flying ship. (Janes/Amit Kalra)

The Republic of Korea Marine Corps (RoKMC) exhibited a model of the Aron M80 wing-in-ground (WIG) effect aircraft at the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition (ADEX) 2023 held from 17 to 22 October.

Speaking to Janes , an RoKMC officer said the WIG aircraft can provide an edge in amphibious operations with its ability to rapidly deploy troops. The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) and RoKMC are pursuing the ability to conduct high-speed amphibious operations without being detected by enemy forces. With the Aron M80 WIG aircraft, the forces intend to overcome maritime obstacles such as sea mines and reefs through high-speed and long-distance sail, the officer said.

The RoKMC is pursuing the case with the South Korean Ministry of National Defense, which is allocating funds for research and development, the officer said.

The WIG aircraft features decreased induced drag, which results in increased lift that its wing can generate at a given speed. The Aron M80 is a commercial aircraft developed and manufactured by South Korean firm Aron Flying Ship Ltd. The Aron M80 was certified for commercial operations in 2020 for commuting passengers between Pohang and Ulleung Island. The aircraft is powered by a single Pratt & Whitney PT6A-34 turboprop engine, rated at 750 hp. The M80 is certified as a Class B ship by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and can fly up to an altitude of 150 m out of the WIG effect zone as well.

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