European airframer Airbus is putting up a strong show at the ongoing ADEX, where it is showcasing a wide range of products, services and strong industrial partnerships, covering commercial air- craft, helicopter and defence and space markets. South Korea is a key market for Airbus, which has received orders for commercial aircraft, helicopters, military and space product lines.
On display are scale models of the A350- 1000 widebody airliner, A400M military airlifter, TerraSAR-X weather independent imaging radar Earth Observation satellite and the tactical Unmanned Aerial System VSR700. There is also be a dedicated area with an immersive experience via vir- tual reality, HoloLens and 3D holographic projections. The Surion utility helicopter and Light Civil Helicopter/Light Armed
Helicopter (LCH/LAH) programmes fea- ture a partnership between Airbus and KAI. More than 100 Surion helicopters have been delivered to Korean army and parapublic operators. The first LAH pro- totype made its maiden flight in July and service entry with the Korean Army is targeted by 2023. The Republic of Korea Air Force has received three of the four A330 Multi Role Tanker Transports on order.
South Korea has approximately 140 Airbus passenger aircraft in airline service, covering the entire Airbus product line, including the A220, A320 Family, A330, all-new A350 XWB and the A380 super- jumbo. Another 50 aircraft are on order for future delivery. Airbus also designed and manufactured South Korea’s first geo-stationary satellite – GEO-Kompsat, developed the first geo-stationary ocean
Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), Korean Air Aerospace Division (KAL-ASD), and small and medium enterprises such as AeroSpace Technology of Korea (ASTK), are today producing many components that are installed on various Airbus commercial aircraft product lines. The company’s sourcing activities are worth USD 600 million per year for the South Korean economy and support over 6,000 highly skilled Korean jobs.
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