South-Korean Air Force and Aerospace Industries developments

Sandhi Yudha

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The KAI Light Armed Helicopter (LAH) is being developed by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA). It can be deployed in multiple missions such as light attack, close-air support, escort, and troop transport.

KAI LAH performed its first flight in July 2019. The RoKA is expected to acquire up to 200 LAHs to replace the ageing fleet of Bell AH-1 Cobra and MD 500 Defender helicopters. The first LAH is scheduled to enter service with the RoKA by 2023.

And now South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has provisionally declared the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) Light Armed Helicopter (LAH) fit for combat.


From which i understand there is not really a connection with the KAI KUH-1 Surion, but the LAH is developed from the Eurocopter EC155/AS365 Dauphin.

The ROK Navy plans to order 12 maritime helicopters, probably to replace the old UH-1H, but it seems that the navy wants to cboose between the AW159 and MH-60R.
 

Sandhi Yudha

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The news has just been released today that the Korean Navy will order 12 Sikorsky MH-60R.

The South-Korean Navy has the UH-60, Westland Lynx and AW159 Wildcat in its fleet, so both the MH-60R or more AW159 will be a logic choice.

 

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The news has just been released today that the Korean Navy will order 12 Sikorsky MH-60R.

The South-Korean Navy has the UH-60, Westland Lynx and AW159 Wildcat in its fleet, so both the MH-60R or more AW159 will be a logic choice.
Hmmm, logically they should've gone with the Wildcat instead of introducing a new platform into the fleet. Training, systems and all that. I wonder if they aren't all to happy with the Wildcat?
 

Sandhi Yudha

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Hmmm, logically they should've gone with the Wildcat instead of introducing a new platform into the fleet. Training, systems and all that. I wonder if they aren't all to happy with the Wildcat?
Thats true, although the MH-60R is similar to the older standard UH-60 they already have, it was easier for the logistics, operations, training and maintenance (and because of that also cheaper) to add more AW159 Wildcats. Maybe its because of political reasons.
 

ngatimozart

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Thats true, although the MH-60R is similar to the older standard UH-60 they already have, it was easier for the logistics, operations, training and maintenance (and because of that also cheaper) to add more AW159 Wildcats. Maybe its because of political reasons.
I have heard rumours that the Wildcat isn't anywhere as good as the Lynx was. They are just rumours though. But it hasn't had anywhere near the export success of the Lynx.
 

Redlands18

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I have heard rumours that the Wildcat isn't anywhere as good as the Lynx was. They are just rumours though. But it hasn't had anywhere near the export success of the Lynx.
Yes you could be right there NG, the Wikipedia* page on the AW-159 claims it defeated the MH-60R in a competition in 2013, if that is correct then maybe they are not happy with the Wildcat.

*Only Wikipedia so I haven’t bothered to provide a link but the information is at least plausible.
 

Sandhi Yudha

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The Surion Marine Attack Helicopter looks quite cool, reminds me to the Rambo Fist Blood 2 Evil-Russia hellicopter.

The Republic of Korea Marine Corps (RoKMC) has a requirement for 20–24 such rotorcraft.

 

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Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has signed an agreement with Boeing to resume production of AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter fuselages in South Korea. Until 2017 KAI already produced AH-64 fuselages.

To meet current production and delivery contract milestones for the AH-64E Apache helicopter, both TBAL (Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited) and KAI will continue to produce the fuselages.

 
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