[정치]Full scale mass production of the first domestically produced small armed helicopter as an alternative to the 500MD… Delivery of 170 units

Small domestic armed helicopter, equipped with high speed maneuverability
Optimizing small armed helicopters, towing tanks and reconnaissance missions, etc.
The first mass production contract within this year… Full scale production begins
Deliver 170 units between 2024 and 2031… Instead of 500MD, etc.
Pursuing the delivery of 36 additional large Apache attack helicopters


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The small armed helicopter that Korea successfully developed for the 7th time in the world is going into full-scale mass production.

Starting with the first electrification in 2024, around 170 helicopters will be in use by 2031 to replace our military’s aging helicopters.

This is reporter Shin Joon-myeong.

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It flies as low as it touches the ground, then rises suddenly and reverses at high speed.

This is a small armed helicopter (LAH) developed by a domestic defense company based on a European civilian helicopter.

With a 20mm cannon and air-to-ground missiles, it is optimized for tank elimination, assault force cover, and reconnaissance missions.

After the decision to require it in 2001, it was deemed fit for combat in December 2020 after exploratory development and initial test evaluation.

Currently, prototypes are undergoing test flights, and the Defense Acquisition Program Administration plans to begin full-scale production after signing the first mass production contract worth 5.75 trillion won within this year.

Around 170 helicopters will be deployed between 2024 and 2031, replacing the old 500MD and Cobra helicopters.

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration emphasized that it had succeeded in developing an armed helicopter for the seventh time in the world and had secured its own development capability.

[신종우 / 한국국방안보포럼 사무국장 : 국산 무장헬기가 육군 도입되고 나서 해외시장까지 수출된다면 K-방산에도 상당히 도움이 될 것으로 보입니다.]

An additional introduction to the latest ‘Apache Guardian’ attack helicopter, currently in service with 36 Army units, is also being promoted.

From the next year to 2028, 3.3 trillion won will be invested to bring in 36 additional units, which are expected to greatly improve the ability of ground troops to perform rapid maneuver warfare.

This is Shin Joon-myung’s YTN.

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