March 2016

2016 March photoMarch 2016 - Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) Korean Utility Helicopter (KUH-1) Surion

KUH-1 Surion is Korean’s first indigenous Korean Utility Helicopter, an offspring of the Korean Helicopter Program. The goal is to replace ROKA’s MD500 and UH-1 helicopters. The development of the aircraft was funded 84% by the South Korean government and 16% by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and Eurocopter, now renamed as Airbus Helicopter. In June 2006, KAI and Eurocopter won the KHP-KUH 1.3 trillion-won ($1.2 billion) research and development contract from the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) to start the project. It will enable South Korea to become the world’s 11th helicopter development country.

The helicopter is powered by a pair of 1,600 shp T700-ST-701K turboshaft engines, which was co-developed by General Electric and Samsung Techwin. The MTOGW of the helicopter is 19,200 lb/8,709 kg with a main rotor diameter of 51.8 ft/15.8 m and a tail rotor diameter of 10.33 ft/3.15 m. Seven variants of the Surion model are being developed: utility, police, maritime, MEDEVAC, ASW, forestry observation and firefighting. 

(photos by KAI, Jang Su Lee, armyphotos-net; text by Jacques Virasak)

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