In an important milestone, Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) will undertake the first flight of the Korean built prototype of the Light Civil Helicopter (LCH) next month. “The first South Korean built prototype of the new Light Civil Helicopter (LCH) will fly next month,” Oh, Kwangsoo, General Manager at KAI tells Daily News.
The first LCH prototype was built in France and made its maiden flight last year. The South Korean prototype LCH PT-2, will be the last of two prototypes built as part of the design and development programme. KAI is now manufacturing the parts and structures for the first production batch of three helicopters.
Kwangsoo tells Daily News, that a substantial amount of the manufacturing processes, material technology and design will be provided by KAI for the programme, which also has a large South Korean vendor base. The LCH will also feature composite rotor blades developed by KAI.
EASA certification for the LCH is planned to be achieved by middle of 2020. The 5-ton class rotorcraft is based on Airbus Helicopters’ H155 (formerly known as the EC155). The multi-mission LCH will be offered for VIP, Executive, Public Service (EMS, Firefighting) and Police services.
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