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Lockheed awarded $447M contract for production of 12 MH-60R for Republic of Korea

Lockheed awarded $447M contract for production of 12 MH-60R for Republic of Korea

13-Apr-2021Source: US DoD

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is awarded a $447,230,778 firm-fixed-price order (N0001921F0841) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001921G0017). This order provides for the production and delivery of 12 MH-60R aircraft for the government of the Republic of Korea. Work will be performed in Owego, New York (52%); Stratford, Connecticut (40%); and Troy,... Read more

Bell to bid AH-1Z for South Korean Marine Corps contract

Bell to bid AH-1Z for South Korean Marine Corps contract

15-Dec-2020Source: Yonhap News Agency

Bell Textron Inc., a U.S. aerospace manufacturer, announced its bid to sell attack helicopters to South Korea on Wednesday as the country’s Marine Corps plans to launch an aviation wing next year. See Full Story. ... Read more

Korean Air extends USMC H-53 APAC maintenance contract

Korean Air extends USMC H-53 APAC maintenance contract

2-Dec-2020Source: Korean Air

Korean Air recently won an order from the US Department of Defense for the maintenance of H-53E large helicopters deployed in Asia-Pacific for 9 years from December 2020 to May 2029. The total business size is around 150 billion won (approx US$136M, Ed) The maintenance projects that Korean Air will perform include inspection, replacement and repair... Read more

South Korea certifies the VK-2500PS-03 engine for the Mi-171A2

South Korea certifies the VK-2500PS-03 engine for the Mi-171A2

2-Dec-2020Source: UEC Klimov

The United Engine Corporation VK-2500PS-03 engine for the Mi-171A2 civilian helicopter has been certified in South Korea. Validation of the type certificate will allow to start deliveries of units manufactured by UEC Klimov to this country. The obtained permit means that the engine fully complies with the requirements of the state aviation regulations of the... Read more

EHang completes Korean demo tour

EHang completes Korean demo tour

26-Nov-2020Source: EHang

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company announced that its two-seater passenger-grade AAV, EHang 216 has completed its maiden flights in three Korean locations – Seoul, Daegu, and Jeju Island. This flight tour signifies the starting point to explore the UAM market in... Read more

US Forces Korea struggles to conduct Apache live-fire training

US Forces Korea struggles to conduct Apache live-fire training

19-Nov-2020Source: The Korea Times

The U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) is struggling to find a replacement firing range for its Apache helicopters following noise and other complaints from nearby residents. See Full Story. ... Read more

South Korean Marines announce first female helicopter pilot

South Korean Marines announce first female helicopter pilot

2-Nov-2020Source: The Korea Herald

A female Marine Corps officer has been assigned to an aviation battalion after completing training as a helicopter pilot, becoming the Marines’ first-ever female chopper pilot, officials said Sunday. See Full Story.... Read more

Mi-171A2 certified in South Korea

Mi-171A2 certified in South Korea

7-Sep-2020Source: Russian Helicopters

The South Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) has validated the type certificate of Mi-171A2 helicopter, serially produced at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant of the Russian Helicopters holding company (part of the Rostec State Corporation). Validation of Mi-171A2 certificate confirms the compliance of design with local flight safety requirements and authorizes its use... Read more

Korea – Corporate operator Posco to make corporate S76s available for EMS work

Korea – Corporate operator Posco to make corporate S76s available for EMS work

20-Aug-2020Source: The Korean Times

POSCO said Thursday it has set up a medical evacuation system to transport victims of industrial accidents at its mills by helicopter to large hospitals. See Full Story.   ... Read more

KAI aims to export first Korean-made helicopter to Indonesia

KAI aims to export first Korean-made helicopter to Indonesia

15-Jul-2020Source: Yonhap News Agency

Korea Aerospace Industries Co. (KAI), South Korea’s sole aircraft manufacturer, aims to export the first Korean-made helicopter to Indonesia, a company executive said Wednesday. See Full Story.... Read more

US approves $800M sale for 12 MH-60R helicopters with support to Korea

US approves $800M sale for 12 MH-60R helicopters with support to Korea

10-Mar-2020

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea of MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters with support for an estimated cost of $800 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 7, 2019. The Republic of Korea has... Read more

Erickson delivers another S-64 Air Crane to South Korea

Erickson delivers another S-64 Air Crane to South Korea

28-Nov-2019Source: Erickson

Erickson Incorporated, a worldwide leading operator, maintainer, and manufacturer of utility aircraft, announces the delivery of the K7 S-64 Air Crane® helicopter to the Korean Forest Service (KFS). On Friday, November 22nd, the K7 aircraft was loaded onto the Antonov An-124 out of Medford Oregon, Erickson’s manufacturing facility. The S-64 is well-known in Korea with... Read more

31-Oct-19 HL9619 Airbus EC225 Dokdo, Korea (7F)

31-Oct-19 HL9619 Airbus EC225 Dokdo, Korea (7F)

1-Nov-2019

SAR helicopter ditched and located in 72m of water shortly after taking off at 11.26pm on a rescue mission.  7 POB missing There are four EC225s registered in Korea at present.  HeliHub research shows that the subject aircraft is either HL9472 (msn 2702) or HL9619 (msn 2987)... Read more

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

Rostec will offer renewal of South Korean Ka-32 fleet

Rostec will offer renewal of South Korean Ka-32 fleet

18-Oct-2019Source: Rostec

[electronic translation] State Corporation Rostec will offer partners from South Korea to renew the fleet of Ka-32 multirole helicopters. The modernization program for this family of helicopters will be presented at the International Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition in Seoul at the stand of the official dealer of the Russian Helicopters holding company RH Focus... Read more

Leonardo appoints UI International as Korea distributor

Leonardo appoints UI International as Korea distributor

18-Oct-2019Source: Leonardo

Leonardo and UI International of Republic of Korea have signed today at the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition 2019 (ADEX) a Support Distributorship Agreement aimed at further expanding their collaboration in marketing, sales and service supply for the growing fleet of Leonardo commercial and public utility helicopters in the Country. With this agreement, UI... Read more

Daegu Fire Department to take delivery of new AW169

Daegu Fire Department to take delivery of new AW169

5-Sep-2019Source: Daegu Fire Department

Daegu Fire Department in South Korea is shortly to take delivery of a brand-new Leonardo AW169 to strengthen its aerial capacity. The aircraft, serial number 69101, the 101st to be built, is currently undergoing test-flying at Varese-Venegono in Italy with the test marks I-RAIM. It will be registered as HL9649 when it is delivered. Daegu,... Read more

Korean CAA approves AW109 simulator

Korean CAA approves AW109 simulator

3-Jul-2019Source: Entrol

This FTD has been the first entrol simulator to be installed in South Korea, in the city of Daejeon. The FTD features a cylindrical visual system, a vibration system and South Korean data-base with satellite imagery and mission scenarios. It will be used for initial training, IFR, practice emergency procedures and mission operation.... Read more

Korean Airlines Awarded $9M Contract for Depot Level Helicopter Maintenance

Korean Airlines Awarded $9M Contract for Depot Level Helicopter Maintenance

2-Apr-2019Source: US DoD

Korean Airlines Co. Ltd., Seoul, Republic of Korea, was awarded a $9,446,385 modification (P00003) to contract W91QVN-17-D-0003 for depot level helicopter maintenance. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2020. 411th Combat Support Brigade, Seoul, South Korea, is the contracting activity.... Read more

Korea and Malaysia add firefighting AW189s

Korea and Malaysia add firefighting AW189s

1-Apr-2019Source: Leonardo

With deliveries across Asia Pacific the Leonardo AW189 super medium helicopter is becoming the leader in the firefighting market. The Malaysia Fire and Rescue Department (Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia) and Korea’s Seoul Fire Department are beginning operations with their AW189s and will soon be followed by the Tokyo Fire Department. Asia Pacific is the... Read more

First AW189 launched in Korea

First AW189 launched in Korea

18-Mar-2019Source: HeliHub.com

The Seoul Metropolitan Government has recently inducted their new AW189 multi-purpose helicopter.  It can be used for emergency medical services, as it is equipped with a defibrillator and artificial respirator. It is also equipped with a Bambi Bucket which will be used for fire-fighting, reports Korea Times.... Read more

01-Dec-18 HL9419 Kamov Ka32 Guri, Korea (1F)

01-Dec-18 HL9419 Kamov Ka32 Guri, Korea (1F)

1-Dec-2018

Crashed into river when hovering and taking up water for firefighting operation for a fire on Mount Youngchuk.  The rescue services said the helicopter crashed into the Han River near Gangdong Bridge around 11:20 a.m. The pilot and copilot were able to exit the aircraft immediately prior to impact, but the mechanic was trapped in... Read more

Northrop Grumman details coverage at Defense Expo Korea 2018

Northrop Grumman details coverage at Defense Expo Korea 2018

14-Sep-2018Source: Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) will highlight its advanced global security capabilities at Defense Expo Korea 2018 (DX Korea), booth 8D-31, in Ilsanseo-gu, Republic of Korea (ROK), Sept. 12-16. Known for its integrated digital avionics mission equipment package and capabilities in autonomous systems, C4ISR and multi-generation fighter interoperability, Northrop Grumman will feature its world-leading technology... Read more

Republic of Korea Navy launches tender for 12 helicopters

Republic of Korea Navy launches tender for 12 helicopters

2-Jul-2018Source: HeliHub.com

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) of South Korea has recently launched a tender for 12 helicopters for the Republic of Korea Navy (ROK Navy). ROK Navy hopes to be operational by 2020 with the new helicopters. Proposals will be accepted until 28 September 2018. The candidates that are in the running for the $400... Read more

Seoul National University Leverages VABS software

Seoul National University Leverages VABS software

8-Jun-2018Source: AnalySwift

AnalySwift, LLC, a provider of efficient high-fidelity modeling software for composites and other advanced materials, announced today Seoul National University is leveraging its powerful VABS software to accelerate and optimize design of composite helicopter rotor blades and high aspect ratio wings. Seoul National University has used VABS for a variety of structural optimization projects in... Read more

Boeing awarded $96M contract for Production of 36 AH-64E Apaches

Boeing awarded $96M contract for Production of 36 AH-64E Apaches

1-May-2018Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $96,383,695 hybrid (cost, cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price) foreign military sales (Republic of Korea) contract for production support services in support of the 36 AH-64E Apache helicopters. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of April... Read more

Korean Air Lines awarded $9 contract for helicopter maintenance for the Air Force of the Republic of Korea

Korean Air Lines awarded $9 contract for helicopter maintenance for the Air Force of the Republic of Korea

5-Apr-2018Source: US DoD

Korean Air Lines Co. LTD, Seoul, Republic of Korea, was awarded a $9,091,396 modification (P00002) to Foreign Military Sales (Republic of Korea) contract W91QVN-17-D-0003 to provide join depot level maintenance service for helicopter maintenance for the Air Force of the Republic of Korea. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an... 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

South Korea conducts AH-64 missile drills

South Korea conducts AH-64 missile drills

13-Dec-2017Source: HeliHub.com

The South Korean Army test fired their Stinger missiles from Apache helicopters this past Wednesday, reports Reuters. The air-to-air missile firing drill was a success, according to the army.... Read more

Two SAR H225s ordered by National 119 Rescue in Korea

Two SAR H225s ordered by National 119 Rescue in Korea

5-Dec-2017Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has been awarded a contract from South Korea’s National 119 Rescue Headquarters for the purchase of two additional H225 helicopters. The National 119 Rescue Headquarters currently operates an all-Airbus helicopter fleet comprising two AS365 N2 and two H225. This new purchase will bring the fleet of the country’s primary provider of firefighting and... Read more

Korea seeks $400M offset within Navy helicopter deal

Korea seeks $400M offset within Navy helicopter deal

14-Nov-2017Source: HeliHub.com

South Korea is looking for an offset package to the value of $400M for the supply of new naval helicopters. They are looking for technology transfers or export support for military equipment, reports Yonhap News.... Read more

Helikorea acquires a AW109 FTD Level 5 entrol simulator

Helikorea acquires a AW109 FTD Level 5 entrol simulator

9-Oct-2017Source: Entrol

Entrol has received an order for a H19 / AW109 FTD Level 5 simulator from Helikorea. This H19 FTD Level 5 based on the AW109 will be the first entrol simulator to be installed in South Korea, in the city of Daejeon. The FTD is equipped with a cylindrical visual system, a South Korean database... 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

Sikorsky delivers second Coast Guard S92 to South Korea

Sikorsky delivers second Coast Guard S92 to South Korea

28-Jun-2017Source: Sikorsky

The South Korea Coast Guard has accepted delivery of its second S-92® helicopter for search and rescue following a ceremony today. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT). The South Korea Coast Guard has operated a single S-92 helicopter since March 2014.  To date, that aircraft has flown more than 850 flight hours, saving... Read more

Heli-One Completes Two H225 Inspections for National 119

Heli-One Completes Two H225 Inspections for National 119

9-May-2017Source: Heli-One

Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has completed inspections for two Airbus H225 aircraft (1-year and 8-year inspections) for South Korea’s National 119. The inspections were completed simultaneously (ten days for 1-year and 7 weeks for 8-year inspection) at two Korean bases in Seoul and Busan, allowing the... Read more

08-May-17 HL9414 Kamov Ka32 Samcheok, Korea (1F)

08-May-17 HL9414 Kamov Ka32 Samcheok, Korea (1F)

8-May-2017

Helicopter struck wires and made an emergency landing into shallow water – but ended upright with little apparent damage from available press images.  However, one crew member knocked unconscious in the manoeuvre and later died in hospital from his injuries Civil registration HL9414, and also carries Korea Forest Service fleet code FP 608... Read more

Safran signs first customer support contract in South Korea

Safran signs first customer support contract in South Korea

27-Apr-2017Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

Safran Helicopter Engines is proud to announce the signing of its first support contract in South Korea with Aero Peace. This 5Star Plans Business agreement will cover the Arriel 1D1 engine powering Aero Peace’s AS350B2. The contract has been announced during Rotorcraft Asia in Singapore, in the presence of Bruno Even, Chief Executive Officer of... Read more

Korean Forest Service contracts with Erickson to build a S-64E Aircrane

Korean Forest Service contracts with Erickson to build a S-64E Aircrane

8-Mar-2017Source: Erickson

Erickson Incorporated, a leading global provider of aviation services, has been selected by the Forest Aviation Headquarters, a subsidiary of the Korea Forest Service, to build an S-64E model with an intended delivery date of December 2017. The S-64 is well-known in Korea and has a strong reputation for being the best firefighting aircraft available. ... Read more

Milestone lease AW169 to HeliKorea

Milestone lease AW169 to HeliKorea

7-Mar-2017Source: Milestone Aviation

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

South Korea to Purchase 12 ASW Helicopters

South Korea to Purchase 12 ASW Helicopters

20-Jan-2017Source: HeliHub.com

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

First South Korean Female Pilot Instructor

First South Korean Female Pilot Instructor

9-Dec-2016Source: HeliHub.com

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

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

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

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

22-Sep-2016Source: HeliHub.com

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

Heli-One Completes Inspection

Heli-One Completes Inspection

12-Sep-2016Source: Heli-One

Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services has completed the 2 year / 750 hour inspection for the Korean Coast Guard (KCG)’s Sikorsky S-92A. The KCG, a branch of the Ministry of Public Safety and Security, oversees maritime safety and control off the coast of South Korea. The inspection... Read more

Navy and Coastguards from 11 countries meet for HOSTAC conference

Navy and Coastguards from 11 countries meet for HOSTAC conference

8-Sep-2016Source: US Navy

Navy and Coast Guard representatives from 11 countries came together for dialogue and information sharing during a Helicopter Operations from Ships other Than Aircraft Carriers (HOSTAC) conference in Singapore, Aug 29-Sept 2. Conference participants represented Great Britain, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and the United States. HOSTAC is an... Read more

Boeing Delivers AH-64E Training System to South Korea

Boeing Delivers AH-64E Training System to South Korea

23-Aug-2016Source: Boeing

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

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

14-Jul-2016Source: Thales

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

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

RH Focus Corp expecting to represent Russian Helicopters in Korea

RH Focus Corp expecting to represent Russian Helicopters in Korea

26-May-2016Source: Rostec

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

Aero Precision to supply LORD products for Korean MD500s

Aero Precision to supply LORD products for Korean MD500s

19-May-2016Source: Aero Precision

Aero Precision, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today an agreement of a territory-specific distribution agreement with LORD Corporation, a leading Aerospace and Defense supplier of vibration control systems. In the agreement, Aero Precision will supply LORD Dampers, Bearings and Tail Rotor Assemblies in South Korea to support MD-500 operations. “We are excited about LORD Corporation’s... Read more

Heli-One Awarded EO/IR Contract in Korea

Heli-One Awarded EO/IR Contract in Korea

29-Feb-2016Source: Heli-One

Heli-One, the world’s largest independent maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) company, has been awarded a contract by the Korean Defence Acquisition Program (DAPA) to complete the Electro-Optical Infrared (EO/IR) camera installation on the President of the Republic of Korea’s VH-92 aircraft. The VH-92 is the VIP transport variant of the Sikorsky S-92. “We are honoured... Read more

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

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

23-Feb-2016Source: Heli-One

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

Sikorsky announces new Customer Support Center in Korea

Sikorsky announces new Customer Support Center in Korea

17-Feb-2016Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), has appointed UI Helicopter Co., Ltd to become a Sikorsky-authorized Customer Support Center in the Republic of Korea. Based in Yesan, 100 km south of Seoul, the CSC will enable operators of Sikorsky S-76® and S-92® commercial helicopters to source repair and overhaul services within the country’s borders. “UI Helicopter has more... 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

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering sells both corporate S76s

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering sells both corporate S76s

7-Dec-2015Source: The Korea Bizwire

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering announced that it has sold all of its helicopters. The company is cleaning up its non-core assets to normalize management.See full story.... Read more

Korean AW159 deliveries delayed by acceptance test issue

Korean AW159 deliveries delayed by acceptance test issue

7-Dec-2015Source: Yonhap News

A defect found in the recent testing of the British helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland’s Wildcat chopper halted the firm’s process of delivering the aircraft to South Korea, the defense procurement agency said Tuesday.See full story.... Read more

Recently retired military chief summonsed over AW159 corruption allegations

Recently retired military chief summonsed over AW159 corruption allegations

26-Nov-2015Source: The Korea Herald

A former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was summoned for questioning Tuesday in connection with alleged corruption surrounding a government deal to buy maritime helicopters from an Anglo-Italian company.See full story... Read more

23-Nov-15 Boeing AH-64 Wonju, Korea (2F)

23-Nov-15 Boeing AH-64 Wonju, Korea (2F)

23-Nov-2015

US Army Apache crashed after hitting wires on a routine training mission, killing both on board.  Post crash fire.  Debris scattered across a road 500m from nearest houses.  The authorities reported wire among the wreckage and the upper part of a nearby high-voltage tower was damaged.... Read more

Bristow starts first contract in South Korea with AW139

Bristow starts first contract in South Korea with AW139

27-Oct-2015Source: Bristow

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

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

Rockwell Collins display military avionics and comms at ADEX 2015

Rockwell Collins display military avionics and comms at ADEX 2015

19-Oct-2015Source: Rockwell Collins

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

Russian Helicopters to maintain Korean Ka32 engines

Russian Helicopters to maintain Korean Ka32 engines

12-Oct-2015Source: Russian Helicopters

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

Korean Police contract Heli-One for 5000 hour inspection on two Bell 412s

Korean Police contract Heli-One for 5000 hour inspection on two Bell 412s

5-Oct-2015Source: Heli One

Heli-One, the world’s largest independent provider of maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has been awarded a new contract by the Korean National Police Agency (KNPA). Heli-One will complete a 5,000 Flight Hour inspection on two of the agency’s Bell helicopters, followed by a full strip and repaint with defect rectification. The work will be... Read more

Korean politician accused of taking bribes over AW159 order

Korean politician accused of taking bribes over AW159 order

19-Jun-2015Source: Korea Times

Former Patriots and Veterans Affairs Minister Kim Yang is under investigation regarding allegations that he accepted at least 1 billion won ($894,000) in bribes in exchange for exerting his influence on a defense contract. See Full Story... Read more

Korean Coast Guard Chooses AEM Loud Speaker Systems

Korean Coast Guard Chooses AEM Loud Speaker Systems

2-Jun-2015Source: AEM

AEM’s new 600W Loud Speaker system has been selected by the Korean Coast Guard for installation on its B412 and AS565 helicopters. The first 2 installations have been completed, tested and certified in Korea by UI Helicopter, a Subsidiary Company of the UI Group. A total of 5 systems will be installed on the Bell... 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

Korea orders Raytheon Stinger missiles for Apache fleet

Korea orders Raytheon Stinger missiles for Apache fleet

1-Apr-2015Source: Raytheon

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) signed a $35 million contract to deliver Stinger® missiles and air-to-air launchers to the Republic of Korea Army in support of their recent procurement of AH-64 Apache helicopters. Under the previously announced foreign military sale, Raytheon will begin deliveries of the Stinger weapon systems in 2017. “Stinger provides vital self-protection capabilities... Read more

Ospreys Land On Korean Amphibious Assault Ship

Ospreys Land On Korean Amphibious Assault Ship

1-Apr-2015Source: Marines

A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft made its first ever landing on the flight deck of a Republic of Korea Navy amphibious assault ship off the coast of the Korean peninsula, March 26, 2015. The Osprey departed from the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) nearby and landed on the ROK ship Dokdo (LPH-6111).... Read more

13-Mar-15 B511 Eurocopter AS565MB Gageodo Island, Korea (4F)

13-Mar-15 B511 Eurocopter AS565MB Gageodo Island, Korea (4F)

13-Mar-2015

Crashed in waters off Gageodo Island, while trying to land near a seawall to carry out a mission to transport an emergency patient to an inland hospital. The accident left one dead and three others aboard the helicopter missing.... Read more

Heli-One helps Korea’s National 119 halve EC225 inspection time

Heli-One helps Korea’s National 119 halve EC225 inspection time

3-Mar-2015Source: Heli-One

A primary provider of private firefighting and rescue services in South Korea had one of its key helicopters safely back in service in less than one-half the expected time following routine inspection and maintenance performed by Heli-One. Heli-One is a segment of CHC Helicopter, the operating company of CHC Group Ltd. (NYSE:HELI). National 119 was... Read more

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