PICTURE: Eurocopter and KAI roll out utility helicopter


Korea Aerospace Industries and Eurocopter rolled out the first Korean Utility Helicopter today.

The maiden flight of this prototype is planned for the early months of 2010 and a serial production will start for 245 helicopters for the Republic of Korea Army. It is scheduled to enter into service in 2012.

Next up is the question of whether they will collaborate for South Korea’s attack helicopter requirement as well. Seoul is assessing all international options, including Eurocopter’s Tiger and Boeing SH-64D Apache Longbow.

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