Korea Becomes 11th Nation to Build Homegrown Helicopter

Arirang News | April 01, 2013 11:08

Korea has developed a home-grown, light utility helicopter, becoming the 11th nation to build a chopper with its own technology.

The two-engine transport utility chopper named Surion took more than six years to build and cost about W1.3 trillion (US$1=W1,111).

Co-developed by Korea Aerospace Industries and other related institutions, the project was aimed at replacing older models.

The Surion comes equipped with an auto-pilot system and a three-dimensional electronic map that enables it to fly at night and in extreme weather conditions.

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