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KAI to unveil light armed helicopter next month

Defense 15:31 November 25, 2018

SEOUL, Nov. 25 (Yonhap)-- Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), a South Korean defense firm, plans to roll out the prototype of a light armed helicopter (LAH) for the country's Army in December, its officials said Sunday.

The LAH is to replace an aging fleet of the Army's attack choppers, including MD500s and 70 AH-1S Cobras.

"Following the rollout of the LAH's prototype next month, an engine test is scheduled in March next year and a maiden flight in May," a KAI official said.

Based on the Eurocopter EC 155 helicopter, the LAH is designed to fly at a speed of upward of 324 kilometers per hour and have a range of some 905 km. Its maximum take-off load is 4.9 tons with the chopper to be equipped with a 20-mm gun and anti-armor guided missiles made locally.

The first operational LAH is set to be delivered to units toward the end of 2022.

An image of a light armed helicopter (LAH) being developed by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) provided by the company. (Yonhap)

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