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KAI enters into contracts with ROKG for LAH/LCH development

Koread Aerospace Industries, Ltd. (KAI) has signed, on 25th June, the contracts for the development of Light Armed Helicopter (LAH) with the Defense Acquisition Prgram Administration (DAPA) as well as Light Civil Helicopter (LCH) with the Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology (KEIT), the agency representing the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) simultaneously.

The contract for both projects amounts to approximately 1.6 trillion won whcih consists of ROKG budget and the investment of industrial participants.

KAI will design and build the LCH and the LAH using the Airbus Helicopters' H155 platform to ensure the safety, reliability and the stability with a reduced risk.

The LAH will replace the ROK Army's ageing fleet of 500 MD and AH-1S, which have been in service for decades, while the LCH aims to enter into the global civil market and to develop core technologies of rotorcraft.

The LCH certification is expected in 2020, while the first delivery of the armed helicopters will be two years later.

The LCH, based on the H155 platform, will integrate state-of-the-art technologies for its main gear box. cockpit, and main rotor blades so that its quality, performance and cost are more competitive in the future market. The LAH, based on LCH helicopters, will adopt air-to-surface guided missiles, rockets, gun turrets and defense systems against diverse threats in the future battlefield.

Upon completion of the development, KAI will become a sole company producing the LAH/LCH helicopters, since Airbus Helicopters agreed to cease manufacturing the H155 and H35 series. For the promotion in the global market of the LCH/LAH, KAI and Airbus Helicopters committed to jointly collaborate.

KAI has been cooperating with Airbus Helicopters since 2006, when they signed the contract for the development of KUH (Korean Utility Helicopter, Surion). The program was successful by achieving the performance and schedule requirements of ROKG. In spite of the intricateness of the projects, both companies are confident in the success of the LCH and LAH projects from their experience in mutual collaboration in the KUH project.

The LAH/LCH projects will lead Korea's aviation industry to further stages along with Korean Fighter eXperimental (KF-X), which is about to start this year.

Press release issued by Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. on June 25, 2015


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