KAI KC-100 Naraon
|National origin||South Korea|
|Manufacturer||Korea Aerospace Industries|
|First flight||20 July 2011|
US$575,000 (forecast price as of 2011)
The name Naraon was chosen based on public input.
Design and development
The design goal of the Naraon is to produce an aircraft that is 10% more fuel efficient than other aircraft in its class, with a cabin that is 1 to 2 in (3 to 5 cm) wider that the Cirrus SR-22 or Cessna 400. Development began in June 2008 with a five-year development timeframe.
The KC-100 is built from carbon fibre and features gull-winged doors. The wing employs a laminar flow airfoil and winglets. The engine is a Continental TSIOF-550-K turbocharged 315 hp (235 kW) powerplant controlled by FADEC. The avionics will be an Avidyne Entegra II glass cockpit. The aircraft will have a TKS anti-icing system, air conditioning and oxygen as standard equipment. A full-plane parachute system will be optional.
In May 2014, the South Korean Air Force academy entered a memorandum of understanding to obtain 23 KAI KC-100 Naraon light aircraft, the first mass production contract for the aircraft. The KC-100 will replace the 20 Ilyushin Il-103 aircraft at the academy to familiarize students with flying. A final contract is expected by the end of 2014, with all expected to be delivered by 2016.
Specifications (KC-100 Naraon)
- Crew: one
- Capacity: three passengers
- Length: 27 ft 11 in (8.50 m)
- Wingspan: 37 ft 4 in (11.37 m)
- Height: 9 ft 5 in (2.87 m)
- Airfoil: laminar flow
- Empty weight: 2,400 lb (1,089 kg)
- Gross weight: 3,600 lb (1,633 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Continental TSIOF-550-K , 315 hp (235 kW)
- Maximum speed: 210 kn (242 mph; 389 km/h)
- Range: 1,200 nmi (1,381 mi; 2,222 km)
- Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
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- PICTURES: Korea air force academy to obtain 23 KAI KC-100s - Flightglobal.com, 15 May 2014
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