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Maiden flight for Surion variant

23rd January 2015 - 14:38 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong


A variant of the Surion helicopter destined for service in the Republic of Korea Marine Corps (ROKMC) completed its first flight on 19 January 2015 as the armed forces moves closer to its ambition of landing a brigade-level marine force.

This is South Korea’s first indigenous amphibious assault helicopter, and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) said it successfully completed allotted tasks in its 30-minute flight.

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) awarded a $693 million contract to KAI in July 2013. The company is working to modify the standard twin-engine Surion to suit it for amphibious operations, including the movement

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

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

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