Korea Unveils 1st Indigenous Utility Helicopter

  • Arirang News

    May 23, 2013 10:52

    President Park Geun-hye poses aboard the Surion, Korea's first homegrown utility helicopter, at the Army Aviation School in South Chungcheong Province on Wednesday. /Courtesy of Cheong Wa Dae

    Korea's first indigenous utility helicopter, the KUH-1, was finally unveiled to the public on Wednesday at a ceremony held with President Park Geun-hye and other high-ranking officials in attendance, showing the results of a six-year project.

    Its development represents a giant leap in domestic aviation technology. Pilots displayed stunt-like flight maneuvers and soldiers demonstrated fast-rope descents, contributing to the festive mood.

    Called Surion in Korean, it was developed by Korea Aerospace Industries and the Agency for Defense Development, with some foreign support. Each of its two engines commands over 1,800 horsepower, and the chopper can fly at speeds of up to 272 kph.

    Equipped with radar, laser and missile-warning receivers, it has been deemed fit for combat operations.

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