Friday, November 1, 2013
Elbit Obtains HMD Contract for South Korea Surions
Elbit Systems has received a follow-on contract to supply its Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) systems for the Republic of Korea Army’s Surion helicopter. The Korean Utility Helicopter (KUH), otherwise known as the Surion, is a joint venture between Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) and Eurocopter along a 51/49 percent split, respectively. The Korean Army has ordered around 200 Surions to replace its aged fleet of MD500 and UH-1H helicopters, while 40 additional KUHs will go to the Korean Marine Corps for amphibious duties. Deliveries have already begun and should be completed by 2022, with Marine deliveries taking a year longer to complete.
Yoram Shmuely, general manager of Elbit Systems’ Aerospace Division, said that his organization was considering involving the recently formed local company, Sharp Elbit Systems Aerospace, in the project. The HMD system was chosen by KAI in 2009 as part of the initial Korean Helicopter Program (KHP).