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South Korean marines to receive ‘semi-attack’ helicopters

4th May 2021 - 04:27 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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An artist's rendering of a Marine Attack Helicopter in action. (KAI)

On the cards for South Korea's military are Marineon-based attack helicopters, more Apache Guardians and more MH-60Rs.

The future make-up of the ROK Marine Corps (ROKMC) Air Group has been decided after a decision was made on which attack helicopter would equip it. In fact, the chosen platform is not an attack helicopter at all, not really, as the force will receive armed versions of the MUH-1 Marineon built by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI).

A Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) meeting on 26 April decreed that 24 armed Marine Attack Helicopters (MAH) would be built for the ROKMC. They should all be delivered by 2031.

‘By introducing marine attack helicopters, the marines’ operational capability of amphibious assault

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Gordon Arthur is the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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