Seoul to begin test run of indigenous aircraft tracking device

SEOUL, June 12 (Yonhap) -- The country will begin testing its own aircraft tracking system this week, the government said Wednesday.

The test of the new automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) will last about one year from Thursday, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

The newly developed device may replace the expensive ground radar currently in use following its successful test, the ministry said.

Each radar unit costs about 10 billion won (US$8.85 million) but has a 5-12 second lag in tracking the location of aircraft.

The new ADS-B, on the other hand, renews information on the exact location of aircraft every one second, and costs only about 3 million won each.

The ministry said the country may also seek to export the device as the global market for aircraft tracking devices currently stands at about 400 billion won per year.

The device was developed indigenously by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute and the Asia-Pacific Aerospace Incorporated.

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