Thursday, December 1, 2011
Eurocopter Strengthens Surion, KAI Commitment
|The Korean Utility Helicopter (KUH) Surion is the replacement for the Republic of Korea Army’s fleet of utility and transport helicopters. Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI)|
Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and Eurocopter joint venture, KHDS, is reaching the end of its six-year development phase for the Surion. The Korean Utility Helicopter (KUH) program is the replacement for the Republic of Korea (RoK) Army’s fleet of utility and transport helicopters. A naval variant of the Surion is also being developed for the RoK Navy. KHDS anticipates the first Surion deliveries in 2012. Eurocopter and KAI set up a sales and marketing joint venture, KAI-EC, in January 2011, projecting a market for around 250-300 Surions over the next decade.