Meggitt already delivers fire detection and bleed air leak detection systems, produces wheels and brakes, and designs the jets sensors and displays. Meggitt has already won a number of multi-million contracts in support of the program, including the production of the KF-Xs nose and main wheels, carbon brakes, brake control system; and for the design, development and supply of standby flight displays, engine displays, and heading sensors for the fighter jet.
Richard Stone writes in 38 North: Perhaps most discomfiting to the North is that the new university is led and bankrolled by devout Christians. PUST leaders and professors, primarily ethnic Koreans, have promised not to proselytize.
The North is light-years behind industrialized nations in many areas of science and technology. It excels in a few spheres. For instance, North Korea is notorious for its skill at reverse-engineering long-range missiles and fashioning crude but workable plutonium devices.
Less well known, the North has developed considerable expertise in information technology—and has staked its future on it. But it has a poor grasp on how to translate knowledge into money. PUST has been promised academic freedom, the likes of which has been virtually unknown in North Korea, including campus-wide internet access.
Few people of university age or younger can imagine a world without internet. The government takes infinite care to shield innocent minds from corrosive facts about the Korean War, descriptions of life in modern South Korea, and western notions of freedom of expression, among other things.
They claimed the system has tens of millions of records, including digital tomes on agriculture and construction as well as the complete writings of Kim Il Sung. Since then, fiber optic cables have spread Guang Myung to the far corners of the nation. He estimates that nationwide, tens of thousands of computers of all types are now linked in.
Another major woe is an unstable electricity supply that regularly fritzes electronics. Lee, who has visited North Korea 15 times, says that when he asks what scientists need most, they request laptops, whose power cord adaptors and batteries can better handle electrical fluctuations.
South Korea has lent a hand. South Korean groups have also helped train North Korean computer scientists in Dandong, China, just across the border from North Korea.
The training center had to close earlier this year due to budget cuts, says Lee. The juche philosophy embraces self-reliant efforts to gather technical information from abroad. North Korean diplomats are one set of eyes and ears.
They collect journal articles, textbooks and handbooks, surf the Web and ship any seemingly useful information to Pyongyang, where analysts evaluate it and censors clear it for posting.
When sent via internet, information is routed primarily through Silibank in Shenyang in northeastern China. North Korea has also deployed abroad around IT specialists in the European Union and dozens more to China—in Beijing, Dalian, Shanghai, and Shenyang—to acquire knowledge for the motherland. Such activity may seem like a packrat cramming its nest with equal portions of usable materials and shiny baubles.
But it has paid off in at least one area: And all told there are about 1, specialized programmers. The programmers have enjoyed modest commercial success. The state-owned SEK Studios in Pyongyang has done computer animation for films and cartoons for clients abroad.
And software developers have produced, among other things, an award-winning computer version of the Asian board game Go. Most computing efforts these days are focused on computerized numerical control, or CNC: And North Korea is struggling to implement CNC largely because of its difficulties in generating sufficient energy needed to make steel—so its machinery production capacity is a fraction of what it used to be—and it lacks the means to produce sophisticated integrated circuit elements.
North Korea is thought to have a single clean room for making semiconductors at the Factory in Pyongyang. Built in the s—the Stone Age of this fast-paced field—the photomask production facility is capable of etching 3 micron wide lines in silicon chips. South Korean industry works in nanometer scales.The Associated Press delivers in-depth coverage on today's Big Story including top stories, international, politics, lifestyle, business, entertainment, and more.
The Republic of Korea, commonly known as South Korea, on the other hand, was established on August 15, , and like the United States was a capitalist democracy. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, also known as North Korea, was established on 9 September As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee believed that her country was the best on the planet.
She believed that Americans were evil, South Koreans were starving to death and North. MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Typhoon Mangkhut has retained its ferocious strength and slightly shifted toward more densely populated coastal provinces as it barrels closer. The document outlines four points the two leaders agreed upon: establish new U.S.-DPRK relations, build a stable peace regime, a commitment from North Korea to .
The concern is so great that U.S. officials who watch North Korea closely are continually monitoring the status of the North Korean space launch vehicle, whose status could suggest a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States.