Tuesday, June 18, 2024

South Korea completes fielding of KUH-1 Surion helicopters

The Republic of Korea Army announced on May 27, 2024, the completion of the flight test for its 210th and final KUH-1 Surion utility helicopter.

The flight took place at the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) facility in Sacheon, marking the end of a significant phase in the Army’s modernization efforts.

The Surion, with a maximum airspeed of 270 kilometers per hour and the capacity to carry up to 13 individuals, has been tailored to meet various operational requirements. Developed between 2006 and 2012 at a cost of approximately $1 billion, the Surion was modeled after the SA330 Puma and developed in collaboration with Airbus Helicopters.

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Since its introduction in 2012, the Surion has been an integral part of the Republic of Korea’s armed forces. This milestone marks the completion of the Surion fielding for the ROK Army, but various civil agencies, including the Korean National Police and the ROK Marine Corps, will continue to receive new aircraft.

The KUH-1 Surion has enhanced the operational capabilities of South Korea’s military with its advanced features and versatile design, underscoring the country’s commitment to maintaining a robust and modern defense infrastructure.

In March, it was reported that Iraq had demonstrated interest in acquiring the South Korean KUH-1 helicopter.

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Gu Min Chul
Gu Min Chul
Gu Min Chul is a defense reporter who covers the Korean defense industry and all related issues.

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