Wednesday, January 04, 2017

ROK Marines to get 30 Surions.

via Flight Global.
Korea Aircraft Industries has secured a KRW630 billion ($523 million) contract with Seoul’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) to provide KUH-1 Surion transport helicopters to the country’s marines.
The package covers 30 helicopters to be delivered from 2017 to 2023, says a source familiar with the transaction.
Originally, KAI had anticipated the initial marine order to be for 36 examples.
 And then this.
The marine variant’s rotor blades can be folded. In addition to a four man crew (two pilots and two gunners) it can carry nine fully-armed marines. The type has emergency floats that can deploy with the press of a button. If required by the mission, crews can quickly add special internal long-range fuel tanks.
I'm sorry but I am so unimpressed with this helicopter.  A modded Puma in an age of heavily upgraded UH-60, NH-90, and Mi-8/Mi-38s?  It might be built in S. Korea but I don't see it keeping up with the competition.

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