South Korean Army says its Homebred Combat Helicopter is Ready for Battle

Created: 2013-05-22 11:50 EST

Category: World > Asia Pacific

The South Korean army says its first locally developed combat helicopter is ready for battle.

The rotary-wing aircraft, "Surion", equipped with 3D electronic maps, automatic flying and anti-vibration reduction systems, will replace the South Korean army's aging fleet of helicopters to enhance military operation capabilities after a six-year-long operational test.

South Korea's Defense Acquisition and Procurement Agency launched a project to build a two-engine transport utility helicopter in 2006 to replace UH-1H attack helicopters and 500MD light helicopters which have been in service for decades.

South Korean army said that advanced technology used in building the aircraft has lead it to pass 50 flight tests under extreme weather conditions in the U.S. state of Alaska for 50 days in December 2012, flying over 11,000 kilometers.

The South Korean military said it plans to introduce about 200 more Surions by the end of 2022.

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