28 June 2017

News Story: S. Korea begins prototype production of light armed chopper

Korean LAH developmental mock-up (File Photo)
SEOUL, June 27 (Yonhap) -- South Korea said Tuesday it has started to assemble the first prototype of a light armed helicopter (LAH) with the goal of conducting a test flight in 2019.

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), the country's arms procurement agency, launched the development project in June 2015 to replace the aging 500MD and AH-1S choppers in partnership with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI).

A preliminary design was completed in August last year and the production of prototype components began in November, according to DAPA.

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