1-Dec-2021 Source: Korea Aerospace Industries
Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) participated in ‘The 17th International Fire Safety Expo’ held at EXCO, Daegu from the 24th to the 26th.
The International Fire Safety Expo is the largest firefighting industry-specialized expo in Korea that began in 2004 to establish a safety culture and foster the firefighting industry.
The expo was the largest in which 351 domestic and foreign companies and organizations participated.
At this expo, KAI exhibited Surion-based firefighting helicopters, police, coast guard, forest helicopters, and MGB mock-ups.
The first domestic firefighting helicopter, Hallamae (KUH-1EM), manufactured by KAI, perfectly performs its assigned missions through stable operation performance such as search and rescue, emergency patient transport, and fire suppression in Jeju areas with a lot of sea and strong winds, and protects the safety of residents. taking the lead
In addition, from the Gyeongnam firefighting helicopter scheduled to be delivered in June 2022, it plans to further expand the domestic firefighting helicopter market by acquiring not only the existing special airworthiness certification from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, but also Restricted Type Certification (RTC).
The Forest Helicopter (KUH-1FS) is a helicopter for forest fire prevention and firefighting and rescue of survivors. In 2019, they were dispatched to the Gangneung wildfires and are carrying out missions for the lives of the people.
The Coast Guard Helicopter White Suri (KUH-1CG) is a helicopter developed and modified for missions such as maritime terrorism, maritime crime crackdown, and search and rescue. The Whitesuri-1 deployed to Jeju is active as a maritime safety keeper, such as rescuing five sailors who were isolated on the rocks of Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak in February this year.
The Police Helicopter Chamsuri (KUH-1P) is contributing to the improvement of the police force’s policing capabilities with state-of-the-art equipment such as an electro-optical infrared camera and a rescue hoist. The Chamsuri Unit 5 operated by the Gyeongbuk Police has proven its safety and long-distance mission capability by flying 100 round trips to Dokdo from 2016 to 2021.
The main gearbox (MGB) is a core technology for rotorcraft aircraft, and KAI plans to further double the performance of domestic helicopters in the future based on the localization of the power transmission system.
A KAI official said, “The domestic helicopters developed together by more than 250 domestic companies have a high utilization rate and economical operation and maintenance cost,” said a KAI official.
So far, the number of domestic helicopters purchased by government agencies is 4 firefighting units, 1 Korea Forest Service, 5 coast guards, and 10 police units in total.