Airbus Helicopters will join with Korea Aerospace Industries in developing two 5-ton class rotorcraft that meet South Korea’s requirements for its next-generation Light Civil Helicopter (LCH) and Light Armed Helicopter (LAH).
Both the LCH and LAH will be based on Airbus Helicopters’ H155 (formerly known as the EC155) – the latest evolution of its best-selling Dauphin family, which includes the Panther military and parapublic variants. The LCH version is expected to enter service in 2020 while the service introduction of the LAH is targeted for 2022.
As part of the new commitment, Airbus Helicopters will transfer the company’s technical know-how – as already demonstrated in the indigenous Surion helicopter program – to ensure Korea is able to develop both the LCH and LAH helos, which should become the leading next-generation light rotorcraft in the 5 metric ton weight category.
Source: Airbus Helicopters
Featured image: Computer rendering of the South Korean LAH (Image © Airbus Helicopters)