South Korea will roll out a light armed helicopter (LAH) late next year with a goal to conduct a test flight in 2019.
Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) plans to start the final stage of the LAH's assembly in May next year and roll out the first choppers in November. The first flight of the helicopter is scheduled for May 2019, Yonhap reported quoting a company statement Tuesday.
"We are determined to fully develop the LAH by November 2022 to enhance our own defense capabilities following the development of the Surion transport utility helicopter," an engineer at KAI's development team said in the statement.
The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), the country's arms procurement agency, launched the project in June 2015 to replace the aging 500MD and AH-1S choppers in partnership with KAI.
The South Korean Air Force (SKAF) has created a bigger airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) unit to monitor Pyongyangs nuclear and missile activities. The new unit plans to introduce two RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles next year under a 2014 contract with the US, with two more to arrive in 2019,
The South Korean Army plans to develop combat uniforms with new camouflage and a combat meal to the current three types. The current digitally patterned camouflage pattern, adopted in 200 will be replaced by a new one, to adjust troops to changing warfare environment,
In a clear attempt to intimidate North Korea, Washington and Seoul will hold one of its biggest ever air exercises involving 230 warplanes including F-22 Raptors and F-35s besides personnel from the US Marines and Korean forces. The US is planning to send six F-22 Raptor stealth fighters, three to four F-35A for the drill, South Korean military officials were quoted as saying by
Airbus Helicopters has been awarded a contract from South Korea's National 119 Rescue Headquarters for the purchase of two additional H225 helicopters. The National 119 Rescue Headquarters currently operates an all-Airbus helicopter fleet comprising two AS365 N2 and two H225
South Korea and Denmark will test a maritime safety and communication system on the shores of South Korean city of Busan. The Denmarks Maritime Authority along with South Koreas ministry of oceans and fisheries will conduct the test, Yonhap reported Saturday
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