A prototype South Korean Kamov Ka-32 utility helicopter equipped with Israeli avionics will fly in May 2004. Shimon Eckhaus, Israel Aircraft Industries' vice-president marketing, says the value of the deal is $10 million. "South Korea operates another 30 Ka-32s and we are negotiating on more upgrades," he says. The avionics of the first seven Ka-32s were shipped to Russia for integration into the new helicopters, which were purchased by South Korea as part of a long-standing debt settlement.

Source: Flight International