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Airbus Growing Strategic Footprint in South Korea

The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) is on display at ADEX 2021 Our Bureau - : Oct 19, 2021 - : 12:03 pm

The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) on display at the show is indicative of Airbus’ growing success in South Korea. The A330 MRTT is designated as KC-330 Cygnus within the ROKAF, which has four of the type in service, supporting strategic missions.

Airbus and KAI are partnered together on the Korean Utility Helicopter (KUH) and Light Civil Helicopter/Light Armed Helicopter (LCH/LAH) programmes. The first LAH is slated to enter service with the Korean army by 2023. 

South Korea remains a key strategic market for the European aerospace and defence conglomerate with customers in the country having ordered more than 330 commercial airliners and over 60 helicopters.

Airbus is a key partner within South Korea’s aerospace industry and receives components produced by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), Korean Air Aerospace Division (KAL-ASD), and small and medium enterprises such as AeroSpace Technology of Korea (ASTK), which are installed on Airbus’ various commercial aircraft product lines.

Airbus also designed and manufactured South Korea’s first geo-stationary satellite – GEO-Kompsat, developed the first geo-stationary ocean imager, and co-developed three Earth observation satellites.

The company also built the recently launched ANASIS-II for secured communications over wide coverage. Airbus is also showcasing its state-of-the-art Pleiades Neo satellite which delivers crisp imagery at 30cm native resolution.

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