Korean Aerospace

Kopter Group and Korea Aerospace Industries enter into cooperation

Kopter Group and Korea Aerospace Industries enter into cooperation

22-Oct-2019Source: Kopter

At the occasion of ADEX 2019 held in Seoul, South Korea, Kopter Group AG (Kopter) and Korea Aerospace Industries, LTD. (KAI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding, paving the way for a close cooperation between the two companies. This framework officially launches the start of a collaboration between Kopter and KAI around local assembly, production, customization... Read more

Korean Aerospace selects GVH Wet Deck for Korean Coast Guard

Korean Aerospace selects GVH Wet Deck for Korean Coast Guard

19-Feb-2018Source: GVH Aerospace

GVH Aerospace announced at the Singapore Airshow 2018 that it has been selected to provide its wet deck product for the Korean Aerospace Industries KCG Korean Coast Guard Helicopter program. The selection concludes the competitive tender process. “We are pleased to offer a mature, field tested and adaptable product, working with KAI during the tender... Read more

Investigation into South Korean Surion Project

Investigation into South Korean Surion Project

8-Aug-2017Source: HeliHub.com

The South Korean Board of Audit and Inspection has recently criticized the KAI’s twin-engine Surion helicopter. They have suggested an investigation of the country’s Defence Acquisition Program Admin. It has been said that the Surion failed 29 of 101 test items during the performance in cold weather tests. Apparently KAI falsified Surion development costs and... Read more

KAI Surion is unreliable, says audit agency

KAI Surion is unreliable, says audit agency

17-Jul-2017Source: HeliHub.com

After an audit was performed on South Korea’s Surion helicopter, evidence was found that the craft is unreliable for flight missions. The Board of Audit and Inspection found that the helicopter doesn’t have anti-icing capabilities or lightening protection, has a leak in the engine and even has malfunctions in the windshield and fuselage. A prosecutorial... Read more

Order of Surion Fleet Halted

Order of Surion Fleet Halted

10-Oct-2016Source: HeliHub.com

The South Korean Army’s supply of Surion helicopters has been suspended. According to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration they failed a critical airworthiness test, to withstand the cold. They plan to redesign the failed systems and redo the test within a year and a half, reports Defense News. The Surion helicopters, codenamed KUH-1, was produced... Read more

Boeing and Korean Air Work on Unmanned MD500

Boeing and Korean Air Work on Unmanned MD500

26-Sep-2016Source: HeliHub.com

A Memorandum of Agree has been signed between Boeing and Korean Air. They have agreed to work in partner to develop an unmanned attack platform from MD Helicopters MD500. Boeing has reported that they will provide technical support and together they will market it to the export market. The project is based off of Korean... Read more

South Korean Surion Undergoing Redesign

South Korean Surion Undergoing Redesign

26-Sep-2016Source: HeliHub.com

South Korea has to redesign parts of its Surion Helicopter, reports Yonhap News Agency. The Surion did not pass the months-long test as it did not operate sufficiently under extreme and challenging climates. Different parts of the Surion didn’t meet the international standard. The failed parts are now being remade and put under the test... Read more

Safran engines picked for Korean LCH and LAH helicopters

Safran engines picked for Korean LCH and LAH helicopters

6-Jun-2016Source: Safran

Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) has selected Safran Helicopter Engines as engine supplier for its Light Civil Helicopter (LCH). It will be powered with the existing Arriel 2C2 engine. On the Light Armed Helicopter (LAH), Safran has been selected by Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), KAI and Hanwha Techwin. The LAH will feature a new engine... Read more

Rockwell Collins delivers weather radar for Korean Utility Helicopter

Rockwell Collins delivers weather radar for Korean Utility Helicopter

16-Feb-2016Source: Rockwell Collins

Rockwell Collins has delivered its first RTA-4100 MultiScanTM Weather Radar to KAI for the medevac variant of the Korean Utility Helicopter. This is the first selection of the new RTA-4100 Weather Radar with enhanced surface search modes in the Asia-Pacific region. “Our RTA-4100 MultiScan Weather Radar will provide enhanced safety and mission capability during the... Read more

Surion EMS variant flies for first time

Surion EMS variant flies for first time

27-Jan-2016Source: Korea IT Times

A medical transport variant of the South Korean KAI KUH-1 Surion, the first-ever indigenous twin-engine light utility helicopter in South Korea, has successfully completed its first official test flight. See Full Story... Read more

Airbus and Korea Aerospace affirm marketing partnership

Airbus and Korea Aerospace affirm marketing partnership

4-Nov-2015Source: Airbus

Long-time partners Airbus Helicopters and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly market Korean helicopter platforms for the worldwide market. The collaboration will encompass the distribution of the Korean Light Civil Helicopter (LCH) and Light Armed Helicopter (LAH) globally, as well as the performance of comprehensive after-sales support services. The MoU was signed... Read more

Korean Government orders fourth Surion for Police use

Korean Government orders fourth Surion for Police use

26-Oct-2015Source: The Korea Times

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... Read more

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

21-Apr-2015Source: The Korea Herald

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... Read more

Korea to Commercialize Tilt-rotor Drone by 2023

Korea to Commercialize Tilt-rotor Drone by 2023

17-Apr-2015Source: The Korea Bizwire

A new step in the development of Korea’s unmanned aerial vehicle technology has been reached with the introduction of a tilt-rotor drone that can take-off and land vertically like a helicopter, but is also capable of fast flight like an airplane. See Full Story... Read more

Airbus Defence and Space and Huneed Technologies to produce warning system for KAI Surion

Airbus Defence and Space and Huneed Technologies to produce warning system for KAI Surion

18-Mar-2015Source: Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is joining forces with Huneed Technologies Co. Ltd., Incheon/Republic of Korea, to provide the new Korean Utility Helicopter “Surion” with advanced missile warning systems. The companies signed a cooperation agreement aiming at Huneed Technologies to produce core electronics components of Airbus Defence and Space’s MILDS missile warning system (MILDS = Missile... Read more

Airbus to partner KAI for South Korea’s Light Civil and Light Armed Helicopters

Airbus to partner KAI for South Korea’s Light Civil and Light Armed Helicopters

17-Mar-2015Source: Airbus

Airbus Helicopters will join with Korea Aerospace Industries in developing two 5-ton class rotorcraft that meet South Korea’s requirements for its next-generation Light Civil Helicopter (LCH) and Light Armed Helicopter (LAH). As the LCH and LAH competition winner, Airbus Helicopters will continue its highly successful relationship with Korea Aerospace Industries, including the joint program that... Read more

LORD Corporation’s Active Vibration Control System Selected for KUH EMS Helicopter

LORD Corporation’s Active Vibration Control System Selected for KUH EMS Helicopter

10-Mar-2015Source: LORD

LORD Corporation has announced the award of an Active Vibration Control System (AVCS) contract with Korea Aerospace Industries, LTD. (KAI) for the KUH MEDEVAC variant of the successful KUH Surion. LORD will qualify its AVCS system design and manufacture the AVCS system for the new aircraft.  The technology operates through the use of accelerometers that... Read more

Telephonics contracted for TruLink Communications System on KAI Surion Air Ambulance

Telephonics contracted for TruLink Communications System on KAI Surion Air Ambulance

18-Feb-2015Source: Telephonics

Telephonics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation (NYSE:GFF), announced today that it has received a contract from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to integrate its TruLink® Wireless Inter communications system with the Republic of Korea’s KUH Surion Medevac helicopter. This contract marks the first time that TruLink, a full-duplex, wireless radio system, will be... Read more

Military Rotorcraft Market Worth $27.3 Billion by 2025 Led by Asia Pacific Globally

Military Rotorcraft Market Worth $27.3 Billion by 2025 Led by Asia Pacific Globally

6-Feb-2015Source: Market Reports

MarketReportsStore.com adds Global Military Rotorcraft Market 2015-2025 research report of 186 pages that forecasts a CAGR of 2.61% for military rotorcraft industry across the globe for next 10 years. The Global Military Rotorcraft Market 2015-2025 report provides readers with a detailed analysis of both historic and forecast global industry values, factors influencing demand, the challenges... Read more

KAI flies Marines variant of Surion

KAI flies Marines variant of Surion

26-Jan-2015Source: HeliHub.com

Korea Aerospace Industries announced Friday 23rd January that its Korean Utility Helicopter for Korean Marines Corps has completed a first test flight successfully on January 19 in Sacheon, South Gyeongsang Province.  The flight – with two pilots and two technicians – was about 30 minutes, and was mainly concerned with low-level activities including forward and... Read more

KAI selected as a LCH/LAH developer

KAI selected as a LCH/LAH developer

28-Jul-2014Source: KAI

KAI selected as a LCH/LAH developer to tow the development of the aviation industry and strengthening of self-reliant defense simultaneously – Targets exports of 600 units, putting total sales to 1,000. – Lays the groundwork for the new growth engine along with the KF-X project in the future aviation industry. Korea Aerospace Industries, Ltd.(KAI), an... Read more

Eurocopter to attend Seoul ADEX 2013

Eurocopter to attend Seoul ADEX 2013

28-Oct-2013Source: Eurocopter

Eurocopter will attend the Seoul International Aerospace & Defence Exhibtion (Seoul ADEX 2013) at the KINTEX Exhibition Centre in South Korea from October 29 to November 3. The company will display the Surion Korean Utility Helicopter (KUH) developed in partnership with Korea Aerospace Industries. This military transport helicopter, which entered into service this year, demonstrates... Read more

Elbit to supply helmet systems for Korean Utility Helicopter

Elbit to supply helmet systems for Korean Utility Helicopter

16-Oct-2013Source: Elbit Systems

Elbit Systems announced today that it was awarded a follow-on contract to supply advanced Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) systems for the Republic of Korea Army’s SURION helicopter. The contract, which is in an amount that is not material to Elbit Systems, will be performed over a four-year period. Elbit Systems will supply the HMD systems to... Read more

Curtiss-Wright Controls awarded Surion contract

Curtiss-Wright Controls awarded Surion contract

18-Jun-2013Source: Curtiss-Wright Controls

Curtiss-Wright Controls, Inc. today announced that it has received a contract from Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) to supply its Rotor Ice Protection (RIPS), Windshield and Engine Anti Ice Controllers technology for use on the Korean Utility Helicopter (KUH). The initial value of the contract is $5 million. Shipments of the products are scheduled to begin... Read more

Sandel Delivers HeliTAWS to KAI

Sandel Delivers HeliTAWS to KAI

29-May-2013Source: Sandel Avionics

Sandel Avionics, Inc., the global leader in wire, terrain, and obstacles alerting technology for helicopters, today announced that deliveries of new Mil-Std-810G-qualified Sandel ST3453H HeliTAWS® systems to Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) are underway. Sandel is under a long-term supply agreement with KAI to provide the HeliTAWS multihazard avoidance systems for factory installation on new KAI... Read more

KAI working on naval version of Surion

KAI working on naval version of Surion

29-Apr-2013Source: KAI

KAI, or Korea Aerospace Industries, Inc. develops the amphibious task helicopter for the Korea’s Marine Corps will run. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration(DAPA) announced on the 17th that it held its 66th defense project promotion committee and selected KAI as a priority negotiator for the development of the amphibious task helicopter system. The project, totaling... Read more

Power Sonix to supply PA system to Korea National Police

Power Sonix to supply PA system to Korea National Police

7-Mar-2013Source: Power Sonix

Power Sonix, Inc. has been awarded a long-term contract with Korean Aerospace Industries of South Korea (KAI) to supply 900-watt PSAIR32A tactical public address systems for the Surion helicopters being made for the Korean National Police Agency program. The Surion helicopter is being designed, engineered and manufactured in South Korea by KAI in partnership with... Read more

Single bidder scuppers Korea Aerospace stake sale

Single bidder scuppers Korea Aerospace stake sale

18-Dec-2012Source: Bloomberg

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)... Read more

Korea Aerospace to take part in Turkish helicopter contest

Korea Aerospace to take part in Turkish helicopter contest

11-Oct-2012

Hong-kyung Kim, president of Korea Aerospace Industries, said this week that his company would bid on Turkey’s multibillion-dollar light utility helicopter contest (see full story)... Read more

Cobham to provide comms package for Korean National Police’s Surion program

Cobham to provide comms package for Korean National Police’s Surion program

21-Sep-2012Source: Cobham

Cobham Aerospace Communications has been selected to provide the audio/radio communications package for the Korean National Police Agency’s (KNPA) new Surion utility helicopter. The twin-engine Surion was jointly developed by Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) and Eurocopter and is expected to begin service in 2014. Surions produced for the KNPA through 2025 will feature Cobham’s lightweight... Read more

Sandel HeliTAWS™ brings awareness to Korea Aerospace Industries

Sandel HeliTAWS™ brings awareness to Korea Aerospace Industries

19-Jun-2012Source: Sandel

Sandel Avionics Inc., the global leader in terrain, obstacle and wire alerting technology for helicopters, has signed a long-term supply agreement with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI). Sandel will supply its new Mil 810-G qualified Sandel HeliTAWS™ ST3453H for KAI’s new helicopter production in Korea. Sandel HeliTAWS is the industry’s first multihazard avoidance system for helicopters that... Read more

Surion testing reportedly overlooks low-temperature operations

Surion testing reportedly overlooks low-temperature operations

4-Jun-2012Source: Korean Times

Local press in Korea are reporting that the test flight programme for the Surion (aka Korean Utility Helicopter) has overlooked low-temperature operations.  (see full story)... Read more

South Korea could offer Surion work in Israel trainer bid

South Korea could offer Surion work in Israel trainer bid

1-Dec-2011

This not the first time Israeli co-operation has been mooted in association with the Surion. At October’s Seoul air show programme partners KAI and Eurocopter proposed a Korea naval helicopter (KNH) based on the co-developed Surion. They said Israel’s Elbit Systems would be involved in the KNH. (see full story)... Read more

Eurocopter strengthen Korean links, highlights Surion and naval variant

Eurocopter strengthen Korean links, highlights Surion and naval variant

19-Oct-2011Source: Eurocopter

At the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition 2011, Eurocopter will be showcasing a 1/10 scale model of the Surion at the EADS stand (Hall D, stand no. D12). Surion is a program that has reinforced Eurocopter’s commitment to the Republic of Korea, with various entities set up to further its potential, and even a... Read more

Sensors from Cassidian to protect Korean Utility Helicopters

Sensors from Cassidian to protect Korean Utility Helicopters

24-Jul-2011Source: Cassidian

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

Dunlop Aircraft Tyres lands Korean helicopter deal

Dunlop Aircraft Tyres lands Korean helicopter deal

18-Feb-2011Source: Dunlop Aircraft Tyres

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

Cobham to supply antennas and avionics for Korean utility helicopter

Cobham to supply antennas and avionics for Korean utility helicopter

20-Dec-2010Source: Cobham plc

MARLOW, United Kingdom: Cobham will provide antennas and avionics for the indigenous Korean Utility Helicopter (KUH), under a multi-million pound long term agreement with the manufacturer, Korean Aerospace Industries Ltd. Cobham Antenna Systems, part of the Cobham Defence Systems Division, will supply a suite of communications and navigation antennas manufactured in the UK alongside a... Read more

Third prototype of Korean Utility Helicopter flies

Third prototype of Korean Utility Helicopter flies

22-Jun-2010Source: Brahmand

During the 20-minute flight, the third prototype flew at an altitude of 2,000 feet with a cruising speed of 140 knots (260 kilometers) per hour, the report said.... Read more

Korean Utility Helicopter takes first flight

Korean Utility Helicopter takes first flight

12-Mar-2010Source: Defense News

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... Read more

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