Korea Aerospace Industries, Ltd. (KAI) is conducting a flying display of its new Light Armed Helicopter (LAH) at the ongoing Seoul ADEX 2019, just months after it successfully completed the first flight of the initial LAH prototype.
The LAH is based on the Airbus Helicopters H155. The LAH will replace types such as the MD Helicopters MD500 and Bell AH-1J/S Cobra in service with the South Korean army.
The LAH is equipped with the state-of-the-art avionics suite and the 1,032 horse-power-class new engines. The new Safran engine, designated the Arriel 2L2, which is the most powerful variant in the Arriel family. The LAH’s Light Civilian Helicopter (LCH) variant will be powered by the Arriel 2C2. KAI envisions developing the LAH as a far more upgraded copter than the currently operating armed one, which will contribute to reinforcing the air power of the Korean military in the years to come.
The first operational LAH is set to be delivered to units toward the end of 2022.
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