A new variant of the KUH Surion utility helicopter built by Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) is on display for the first time at the show. The KUH 1E (Export) variant is likely to be available in several variants, to meet the needs of foreign buyers. On display, is a weaponised version with rockets, missiles and an optional gun pod. This new Surion export variant has been in development for some years now and will also feature upgraded avionics and sensors.
The KUH 1E has a Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) of 8,709 kg. The helicopter type was designed and developed to replace the Republic of Korea Army’s (ROKA) 500MD and UH-1 rotorcraft. While deliveries of Surion to the Korean armed forces and parapublic operators, have crossed more than 100 units, export orders have been much harder to come by and KAI remains in search of an export launch customer. The KUH Surion is available in a number of variants such as, the basic utility helicopter, police version, amphibious version and medevac version.
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