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KAI Surion

KAI Surion

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$16.5 million
Samsung turboshaft
2 x 1,600 shp ea.
10,620 lbs.
19,000 lbs.
304 gals.
2 x 7.62 mm
62 ft. 4 in.
14 ft. 7 in.
51 ft. 7 in.
160 mph
175 mph
1,700 fpm
10,000 feet
300 miles

KAI Surion medium transport helicopters are a joint project, with 70 percent of the development undertaken by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and 30 percent by Eurocopter. Samsung Techwin is building the engines for the helicopters under a license from General Electric Aerospace.

In its current configuration, as used by the Korean Army, the helicopter carries a crew of four and can transport up to nine fully armed assault troops.

The Korean Army anticipates replacing all of their light to medium helicopters with the KAI Surion for use as an assault helicopter, MEDEVAC, S&R, and general utility helicopters.

As a battlefield helicopter the Surion can be fitted with up to six TOW anti-tank missiles. It can also carry air-to-air missiles.

The Surion's defensive sensor suite includes missile UV and radar warning systems, and is capable of employing electronic counter measures (ECM) and infrared counter measures.

The all-glass cockpit of the Surion incorporates FLIR, GPS, digital engine controls, modular weapons systems, and automated monitoring for engine and helicopter control systems.

KAI Surion helicopters began being deployed with the Korean Army in 2012. It is anticipated that eventually the Korean Army will deploy 245 of the helicopters by 2022. Also planned are some 300 Surion helicopters produced for police and civil aviation.

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