Chinese retailer denies involvement with drones found in South Korea

Launch of the Sky-09P drone on a slingshot system (Photo: China TranComm Technologies)Launch of the Sky-09P drone on a slingshot system (Photo: China TranComm Technologies)

A Beijing-based drone retailer has denied having anything to do with two drones that were recently discovered in South Korea near the country’s border with the north.

The company, China TranComm Technologies, sells the Sky-09P drone, which in images appears very similar to the drones that crashed in South Korea.

The similarity between the drones found in South Korea and the Sky-09P was highlighted by North Korea Tech on Monday. On Tuesday, the company was contacted by the South China Morning Post for comment on the report.

“We have nothing to do with this,” a spokeswoman for China TranComm Technologies, who declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the matter, said. “We have never publicly sold these drones.” — South China Morning Post, Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

The manufacturer of the drones is unclear and the China TranComm Technologies spokeswoman wouldn’t comment on that to the SCMP.

At least one other company, Taiyuan Navigation Friend Aviation Technology (太原航友航空科技有限公司), also lists the Sky-09P on its website.

Similarities are highlighted between the Sky-09P drone and a drone found crashed in South Korea.

Similarities are highlighted between the Sky-09P drone and a drone found crashed in South Korea.

1 Comment on "Chinese retailer denies involvement with drones found in South Korea"

  1. “We have never publicly sold these drones.”

    Not much of an alibi. That sounds even more damning for the Chinese manufacturer; either they’ve been infiltrated or they’ve given the drones to DPRK (perhaps by way of intermediaries in the PRC military?).

    If these were available to the public, then North Korean agents might have bought them without the makers’ knowledge, but if they’re unreleased then this brings even more suspicion on the company that makes them.

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