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Milestone lease AW169 to HeliKorea

Milestone lease AW169 to HeliKorea

Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), the global leader in helicopter leasing, announced today that it has leased a Leonardo AW169 to HeliKorea to accelerate its expansion into Emergency Medical Services (EMS) operations in South Korea. The helicopter was sourced from Milestone’s order book with the manufacturer. “We are excited to begin this new partnership with… Read more »

Source: Milestone Aviation, 07-Mar-17

South Korea to Purchase 12 ASW Helicopters

South Korea to Purchase 12 ASW Helicopters

South Korea is currently considering purchasing 12 more ship borne anti-submarine warfare helicopters. They are looking towards Lockheed’s MH-60R, AgustaWestland’s AW159 and NH Industries’ NH-90. They plan for the new helicopters to be bought and delivered by 2022. Their fleet currently consists of 40 helicopters, made up of 8 AW159 helicopters, 8 Sikorsky UH-60Ps, 11… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Jan-17

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First South Korean Female Pilot Instructor

First South Korean Female Pilot Instructor

The South Korean Army has appointed Jung Eun-hee as their first-ever female pilot instructor. Jung was chosen from a select few who qualified for the position to teach. Her duties include teaching, training and evaluating potential pilots. Jung’s journey began in 1999 when she enlisted as a staff sergeant. She applied for the pilot training… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-16

US Army OH-58D Kiowa Scouts on final Korean deployment

US Army OH-58D Kiowa Scouts on final Korean deployment

America’s OH-58D Kiowa Scout helicopters of the 82nd Airborne Division are in for their final deployment to South Korea. When they arrive home, they will be replaced with AH-64 Apaches which are better suited for complex battlegrounds. The Kiowas will be available to the National Guard, be put on the market for foreign sales and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Sep-16

Boeing Delivers AH-64E Training System to South Korea

Boeing Delivers AH-64E Training System to South Korea

Boeing [NYSE: BA] has delivered to the Republic of Korea an Apache Longbow Crew Trainer that the country’s Army air crews will use to prepare for the AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopters that Boeing begins delivering later this year.The system uses the Apache’s flight software and matured flight and avionics simulation models to create an accurate… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 23-Aug-16

Thales helmet-mounted sight and display selected for South Korea Light Attack Helicopter

Thales helmet-mounted sight and display selected for South Korea Light Attack Helicopter

Thales announces that Scorpion® helmet-mounted sight and display (HMSD) has been selected for Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) for South Korean Light Armed Helicopter (LAH) and to equip after completion on LAH EMD. At the end of an open competition, KAI made the choice of efficiency, modern technology and reliability. Thales will provide 400 HMSD… Read more »

Source: Thales, 14-Jul-16

RH Focus Corp expecting to represent Russian Helicopters in Korea

RH Focus Corp expecting to represent Russian Helicopters in Korea

Russian Helicopters holding and South Korean company RH Focus Corp. signed a memorandum of understanding. The document was signed by Alexander Mikheev, director general of Russian Helicopters, and the director general of RH Focus Corp. The subject of the memorandum of understanding is creation of a service center based on a dealer model that renders… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 26-May-16

Heli-One completes on-site H225 support in South Korea

Heli-One completes on-site H225 support in South Korea

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, was selected by South Korea’s National 119 to provide a 12-month inspection for their Airbus H225 helicopter. National 119 is the primary provider of firefighting and rescue services in South Korea, flying a fleet of Airbus aircraft…. Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 23-Feb-16

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Bristow starts first contract in South Korea with AW139

Bristow starts first contract in South Korea with AW139

After many months of hard work and coordination to overcome numerous obstacles, Bristow began its first-ever commercial flight for a contract at Busan, South Korea September 25, 2015, marking an important milestone for the Asia Pacific Region. The company will utilize an AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter, along with a back-up Sikorsky S-76C+ from local partner HeliKorea… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 27-Oct-15

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Korean Government orders fourth Surion for Police use

Korean Government orders fourth Surion for Police use

The government signed a 21.7 billion won ($19.2 million) deal on Tuesday to buy its fourth Surion helicopter for police use, to be stationed on Baengnyeong Island in the Yellow Sea, the state procurer said.  See Full Story

Source: The Korea Times, 26-Oct-15

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Rockwell Collins display military avionics and comms at ADEX 2015

Rockwell Collins display military avionics and comms at ADEX 2015

Rockwell Collins will showcase the latest in communication and avionics technology at this year’s Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition. Attendees are invited to the Rockwell Collins exhibit (Hall D, Stand D89) to discover why the company is leading the way in helping bring mission success to militaries around the world. “We have continued to… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 19-Oct-15

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Russian Helicopters to maintain Korean Ka32 engines

Russian Helicopters to maintain Korean Ka32 engines

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, has welcomed a delegation from South Korea’s Civil Aviation Authority and Heli Korea to its Aviation Repair Plant No. 150. Following the visit the South Korean side extended a certificate for maintenance of Ka-32 helicopter engines. Russian Helicopters will therefore continue to provide maintenance of TV3-117 engines, VR-252… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 12-Oct-15

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Korean Government seals $1.5M deal with KAI to replace MD500 and AH-1 fleets

Korean Government seals $1.5M deal with KAI to replace MD500 and AH-1 fleets

South Korea’s defense acquisition agency has struck a deal with Korea Aerospace Industries, the country’s sole aircraft maker, to develop home-built military and civilian helicopters by 2022, officials said Wednesday. See Full Story

Source: The Korea Herald, 21-Apr-15

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Robertson Fuel Systems awarded $45M contact for CH-47s from Korea, Turkey and UAE

Robertson Fuel Systems awarded $45M contact for CH-47s from Korea, Turkey and UAE

Robertson Fuel Systems, Tempe, Arizona, was awarded a $45,352,938 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales contract (Korea, Turkey, UAE) to supply Extended Range Fuel Systems and associated support equipment for the CH-47 helicopter. Funding and work location will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 3019. Bids were solicited via the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 17-Feb-15

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Robertsons Fuels Systems awarded $47M AH-64 aux fuel system contract

Robertsons Fuels Systems awarded $47M AH-64 aux fuel system contract

Robertsons Fuels Systems, Tempe, Arizona, (W58RGZ-14-D-0116) was awarded a $47,916,209 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for auxiliary fuel systems including reduced size crashworthy external fuel systems and internal auxiliary fuel system combo packs for the Apache AH-64 helicopter for domestic and foreign military sales. Performance location and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Sep-14

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First export sale for AW159 Wildcat

First export sale for AW159 Wildcat

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Republic of Korea has selected the AW159 helicopter to meet its Maritime Operational Helicopter requirement. The contract for eight AW159 helicopters for the Republic of Korea Navy is the first export order for this new generation aircraft, known as the AW159 Wildcat in UK service…. Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 16-Jan-13

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Single bidder scuppers Korea Aerospace stake sale

Single bidder scuppers Korea Aerospace stake sale

Shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries Co.  was the only bidder ahead of the deadline. At least two bids are needed for a deal to go ahead because of rules covering sales by government entities. (see full story)

Source: Bloomberg, 18-Dec-12

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South Korea reduces attack helicopter shortlist to three

South Korea reduces attack helicopter shortlist to three

The contest to supply 50 attack helicopters has been reduced to three bidders – Boeing’s Apache, Bell’s Cobra and the T129 Mangusta being bid jointly by AgustaWestland and partner TAI (see full story)

Source: Hurriyet, 01-Jun-12

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Metro Aviation delivers third EC135 to Korea

Metro Aviation delivers third EC135 to Korea

Metro Aviation delivered a third completed EC135 for the Republic of South Korea today. This third aircraft, delivered ahead of schedule, will join the first two delivered earlier this month for an official viewing by the customer later next week. Operational services of the first EC135 began September 1, 2011. With the delivery of the… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 20-Sep-11

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Metro Aviation completes first two Korean EMS EC135s

Metro Aviation completes first two Korean EMS EC135s

HeliHub.com was the first aviation news website to identify the sale of these EC135s into Korea – see story here Metro Aviation, Inc. completed two EC135 aircraft for the Republic of Korea. These aircraft are not only the first Eurocopter EC135 aircraft in country, but will become the first civilian operated EMS aircraft to be… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 13-Sep-11

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First EC135 arrives in South Korea

First EC135 arrives in South Korea

With 1,000 aircraft produced, it seems a little surprising that no Eurocopter EC135s have yet been registered in South Korea – that is, until last week.  Serial number 0942, a Pratt & Whitney engined EC135P2+ was registered last week to Korean Air as HL9496.  HeliHub.com has approached the operator for more information on the expected… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Aug-11

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Sensors from Cassidian to protect Korean Utility Helicopters

Sensors from Cassidian to protect Korean Utility Helicopters

Cassidian, the defence and security division of EADS, will protect the “Surion” utility helicopter of the Korean Army against missile attacks. Following a multi-million euro contract from Korean Aircraft Industries, Cassidian will deliver a first batch of 24 of its proven AN/AAR-60 MILDS® systems (MILDS = Missile Launch Detection System), until 2013. The order comprises… Read more »

Source: Cassidian, 24-Jul-11

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Australia’s Commercial Helicopters add two Bell 212s

Australia’s Commercial Helicopters add two Bell 212s

Business growth has led to Commercial Helicopters, who are based at Mudgee Airport, to increase their fleet of 12 aircraft with the arrival of two Bell 212 helicopters on Monday.  The pair were purchased from the Korean Government VIP flight.

26-May-11

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05-May-11 Eurocopter AS350B2 Sogeum River, South Korea

AS350B2 from the Korea Forest Service (KFS), carrying two people, crashed around 11:32 a.m. near the Sogeum River, about 237 kilometers east of Seoul.

05-May-11

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Korea likely to buy Apaches

Korea likely to buy Apaches

Although the Defense Acquisition Program Administration did not specify the model or numbers, sources speculate that the likeliest decision is to buy 36 of the newest Apache Block III helicopters from the U.S., enough for two battalions

Source: Chosun, 15-Apr-11

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04-Apr-11 HL9400 Kamov Ka32 Dongducheon, South Korea (2F)

Engaged in external lifting work in mountainous region.  No further details yet known. The pilots, identified only by their surnames Lee, 61, and Kwon, 49, died

04-Apr-11

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Korea to renovate Dokdo HP against Tokyo’s territorial claim

Korea to renovate Dokdo HP against Tokyo’s territorial claim

South Korea plans to begin full-scale work to renovate a heliport on Dokdo if Japan lays renewed claim to the rocky islets in the East Sea in its new school textbooks, officials said Sunday.

Source: Joongang Daily, 28-Mar-11

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South Korea to create marine aviation unit

South Korea to create marine aviation unit

South Korea plans to create an elite marine aviation unit equipped with scores of helicopters in a bid to bolster its forces near the tense sea border with North Korea, an official said recently

Source: Dow Jones, 19-Mar-11

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19-Mar-11 PZL Sokol Seosan, South Korea (1F)

The Korea Forest Service  helicopter carrying three crew members crashed into a reservoir in Seosan, some 277 km south of Seoul, at 6:47 a.m., a few minutes after taking off for an extinguishing operation in the nearby Mount Gaya region.  Believed to be HL9449

19-Mar-11

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23-Feb-11 AgustaWestland AW139 Jeju, South Korea (5F)

Only delivered within the last week, crew lost control with command centre.  Some wreckage and one body found to date.

23-Feb-11

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Dunlop Aircraft Tyres lands Korean helicopter deal

Dunlop Aircraft Tyres lands Korean helicopter deal

Dunlop Aircraft Tyres have announced it has secured a major deal with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to be the exclusive supplier of tyres for its new Korean Utility Helicopter (KUH) – Surion. The aircraft is being developed to replace South Korea’s aging fleet of 500MD and UH-1H aircraft. The Surion made its first flight early… Read more »

Source: Dunlop Aircraft Tyres, 18-Feb-11

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More than one third of Korean aircraft are helicopters

More than one third of Korean aircraft are helicopters

A recent survey revealed 169 helicopters registered in the national fleet of 504 aircraft – the first time the total in Korea has exceeded 500

Source: Bernama, 30-Sep-10

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Korea National Police Agency takes delivery of an AW119Ke

Korea National Police Agency takes delivery of an AW119Ke

AgustaWestland and UI International (UII) are pleased to announce that the Korea National Police Agency (KNPA) has recently taken delivery of an AW119Ke single engine helicopter. The aircraft will perform law enforcement duties. The contract was signed in August 2009 by the Korean Public Procurement Services in order to support an on-going programme to modernize… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 21-Jul-10

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Samsung takes delivery of second AW139

Samsung takes delivery of second AW139

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Samsung Techwin Co. of South Korea has taken delivery of a second AW139 medium twin engine helicopter. A ceremony on the 30th June 2010 held at Samsung facilities in Seoul Gimpo airport was held to mark the entry into service of the second AW139 helicopter. This… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 21-Jul-10

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17-Apr-10 AgustaWestland Lynx Mk.99 Near Socheong Island, South Korea

17-Apr-10

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15-Apr-10 (Serial TBA) AgustaWestland Lynx Chuja Island, South Jeolla Province, Korea (4F)

15-Apr-10

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Korean Utility Helicopter takes first flight

Korean Utility Helicopter takes first flight

The first prototype of the Surion utility helicopter, co-developed by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and Eurocopter, successfully completed its first flight March 10, about seven months after its rollou

Source: Defense News, 12-Mar-10

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03-Mar-10 (Serial TBA) MD Helicopters MD500D Namyangju, South Korea (2F)

03-Mar-10

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Helicopters NZ operating two AS350s for Korean Polar Research Institute

Helicopters NZ operating two AS350s for Korean Polar Research Institute

The company has secured a high-value contract with the Korean Polar Research Institute (Kopri) to provide air support for its mission looking at options for setting up a new Antarctic research station.

Source: Stuff, 15-Jan-10

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Korea Coast Guard Orders Another AW139 Helicopter

The order represents the third helicopter to be sold to the Korea Coast Guard and the sixth AW139 helicopter to be sold to the Republic of Korea

Source: AgustaWestland, 23-Dec-09

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AgustaWestland Vying for Korean Attack Chopper Bids

AgustaWestland is bidding for a contract to provide Korea with its T-129 attack helicopters. The T-129, being developed for the Turkish Army, is an upgraded variant of the Agusta A129 Mangusta

Source: Korea Times, 22-Dec-09

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South Korea Plans to Develop Light Attack Helicopter

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration is in favor of developing a homegrown light attack helicopter under the Korea Attack Helicopter program, multiple military sources said Sunday.

Source: Korea Times, 21-Dec-09

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23-Nov-09 HL94.. Kamov Ka32T Jeolla Lake, South Korea (3F)

23-Nov-09

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Korea Mulls Sending Helicopter Unit to Afghanistan

This would be the first time a Korean military helicopter unit has been sent overseas since the Vietnam War.

Source: Chosun, 20-Nov-09

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Korea Coast Guard Takes Delivery Of Two AW139 Helicopters

AgustaWestland announces that the Korea Coast Guard has taken delivery of two AW139 helicopters during an official ceremony held at Vergiate plant (Italy). The AW139s will be used for maritime patrol, search and rescue and emergency medical service purposes

Source: AgustaWestland, 27-Oct-09

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Samsung Takes Delivery Of Its First AW139 helicopter

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the Samsung Techwin Co. of South Korea has taken delivery of the first of two AW139 medium twin engine helicopters. The aircraft was accepted by Samsung Techwin Vice President Wook Cho during a ceremony held at AgustaWestland’s Vergiate plant in Italy.

Source: AgustaWestland, 15-Oct-09

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South Korea to delay attack helicopter programme

South Korea’s defence ministry has reduced the funding for the development of indigenous fighters and attack helicopters as part of a major cost-cutting plan.

Source: Flightglobal, 01-Oct-09

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New twist for South Korea’s attack helicopter acquisition plan

South Korea’s attack helicopter acquisition plan has had a fresh twist, as military authorities here appear to give second thoughts about the purchase of refurbished U.S. Apache helicopters and instead give an idea of building indigenous attack helicopters the benefit of the doubt.

Source: Korea Times, 03-Sep-09

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Korea National Police Agency Order An AW119Ke

AgustaWestland and UI International (UII) are pleased to announce they have been awarded a contract by the Korean Public Procurement Services to supply the Korea National Police Agency (KNPA) with one AW119Ke law enforcement helicopter as part of an on-going programme to modernise the Police helicopter fleet

Source: AgustaWestland, 28-Aug-09

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Moog Aerospace Test Solution To Support Ambitious Helicopter Program from Korean Aerospace Research Institute

Moog Aerospace Test Solution To Support Ambitious Helicopter Program from Korean Aerospace Research Institute

Moog’s Industrial Group has delivered an aerospace test rig to the Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) that will perform a wide range of structural and fatigue tests for helicopters.

Source: Moog Aerospace, 18-Aug-09

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South Korea dithers over Apaches

Source: UPI, 10-Aug-09

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Korean Utility Helicopter rolled out, now called “Surion”

Korean Utility Helicopter rolled out, now called “Surion”

Source: Shephard, 01-Aug-09

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South Korea requests eight Sikorsky MH-60S and support package

Source: DSCA, 28-Jul-09

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South Korean anti-piracy helicopter gets anti-missile equipment

Source: IOL, 22-May-09

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New South Korean military helicopter requirements to be re-scoped

Source: Rotorhub, 21-May-09

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US helicopters train with Korean amphibious assault ship

Source: US Pacific Command, 04-May-09

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Sikorsky Aerospace Services Extending Global Reach with Support Facility in South Korea

Source: Sikorsky, 23-Apr-09

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South Korea begins study into attack helicopter requirement

Source: Flightglobal, 16-Apr-09

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Samsung Orders Two AW139 helicopters

Source: AgustaWestland, 23-Feb-09

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Phoenix Heliparts wins Korean Army service contract

Source: Rotorhub, 20-Feb-09

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Aviation Specialties Unlimited completes First AS365N3 Night Vision Goggle Cockpit and Pilot Training in South Korea

Source: ALEA, 27-Jan-09

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Aluminium specialists Bayards announces record helideck order

Source: Rotorhub, 27-Jan-09

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South Korea Desires Older Apaches

Source: Rotor & Wing, 26-Jan-09

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UI Helicopters Establishes AgustaWestland Service Centre In South Korea

UI Helicopters Establishes AgustaWestland Service Centre In The Republic Of Korea

Source: AgustaWestland, 03-Oct-08

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Gangwon Fire Fighting Department Orders One AW139 Utility Helicopter

Gangwon Fire Fighting Department Orders One AW139 Utility Helicopter

Source: AgustaWestland, 12-Mar-08

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UII Orders An AgustaWestland AW139 Helicopter

UII Orders An AgustaWestland AW139 Helicopter

Source: AgustaWestland, 26-Feb-08

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Korean Coast Guard Orders Two AW139 Maritime Helicopters

Korean Coast Guard Orders Two AW139 Maritime Helicopters

Source: AgustaWestland, 20-Feb-08

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