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South Korea to modernise helicopter fleet

24th January 2017 - 09:13 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong

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South Korea is modernising its military helicopter fleet via a recently unveiled plan that includes buying additional maritime-based rotorcraft and upgrading existing Chinooks.

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced the above two proposals on 17 January. The former will be procured under phase two of the Korea Maritime Operations Helicopter (KMOH) programme for the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN).

While DAPA did not say how many platforms are needed or how much money has been allocated, Yonhap news agency cited a total of 12 helicopters costing approximately $770 million.

The naval helicopters would operate from the ROKN’s new Incheon

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

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