Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has resumed talks with the Philippines for the sale of Surion KUH-1 multi-role helicopters.
Talks with Manila and other potential export possibilities had come to a halt following a fatal crash in July this year of a Marineon (Marines’ version of the Surion) operated by South Korea's Marine Corps. An investigation report had blamed a defective rotor master provided by a subcontractor.
KAI has restarted "technology talks" with the Philippines last week on the possibility of supplying Surions, KAI CEO Kim Jo-won said in a November 25 report by Yonhap News. Besides Manila, KAI is also pursuing a possible Surion sale with Indonesia.
In addition, KAI plans to roll out the prototype of a light armed helicopter in December this year, Yonhap said quoting a company official.
The LAH is designed to fly at a speed of upward of 324 kilometers per hour and have a range of some 905 km. Its maximum take-off load is 4.9 tons with the chopper to be equipped with a 20-mm gun and anti-armor guided missiles made locally. The first operational LAH is set to be delivered to South Korean Army toward the end of 2022, the Yonhap report said.
Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has delivered first two multirole helicopters, the Surion Marine Utility Helicopters (MUH-1), for South Korea's Marine Corps on Wednesday. The MUH-1s, the Marine version of the KUH-1 Surion, will be used for various missions, including the defense of strategic islands, rapid response and humanitarian operations, Yonhap reports Wednesday
South Koreas Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) will put the KUH-1 Surion helicopter to another icing test in Michigan from December to March as it seeks to export the helicopter to countries with sub-zero weather conditions. The helicopters were suspended after the Board of Audit and Inspection of Korea (BAI) released a report in July saying that engine parts of the Surion ice up at minus 30 degrees Celsius and could cause serious safety problems
The Surion chopper, developed by South Korea's sole aircraft-maker Korea Aerospace Industries, will be undergoing anti-icing system tests again after countrys audit agency deemed KUH-1 helicopter to be unfit for flight missions. The nation's arms agency Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said Thursday that it's preparing for a test on Surion's anti-icing system in the United States
South Koreas Board of Audit and Inspection has ordered a probe into the process of the continued deployment of the nations ‘Surion helicopter fleet after the state-run audit body inspected the defects that make the chopper “unreliable” for flight missions. The state-run audit body said Korea Aerospace Industry, Surions manufacturer, did not run proper flight tests, while Defense Acquisition Program Administration and its affiliate Agency for Defense Development failed to supervise the procedure, Korean Herald reports
The Philippine Army received 80 assault rifles and 44 mortars from the United States government earlier this month. The 80 assault rifles is a grant by the US government to the Philippine Army under the Military Assistance Program
Philippines government has cancelled its order of purchasing Surion choppers from Korea Aersospace Industries (KAI) since the South Korean company has apparently failed in its bid to export the choppers. Manila had opted to purchase United States Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in late 2018 and it informed the South Korean embassy in Philippines regarding the same,
The South Korean Army has resumed operation of its Surion choppers on Monday, months after they were grounded following the crash of the MUH-1 marine variant of KUH-1 Surion helicopter in July. An MUH-1 Marineon crashed at a military airport in the southeastern city of Pohang on July 17, killing five of the six Marines aboard and injuring the other
Philippine Air Force will add 16 Black Hawk helicopters from the United States (US) and T-129 ATAK from Turkey to its fleet, countrys Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said. "I think finally the Air Force technical working group has come up with a recommendation that the Black Hawk is the best option that they will buy, probably by next year," Philstar quoted Lorenzana as saying Friday
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