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

Domestic small armed helicopter, armed with fast mobility
Optimization of small armed helicopters, tank removal and search missions, etc.
The first mass production contract within this year… Full-scale production begins
Introduction of 170 units from 2024 to 2031… Substitute 500MD, etc.
Pursuing the introduction of 36 additional large attack helicopters Apache


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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, about 170 helicopters will be deployed by 2031 to replace the old helicopters of our military.

This is Reporter Shin Joon-myeong.

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

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

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

After the decision to require it in 2001, it was judged suitable 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 enter into full-scale production after signing the first mass-production contract worth 5.75 trillion won within this year.

About 170 helicopters will be deployed from 2024 to 2031, replacing the old helicopters 500MD and Cobra helicopters.

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

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

Additional introduction of the latest attack helicopter ‘Apache Guardian’, which is currently operating 36 units in the Army, is also promoted.

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

This is YTN Shin Joon-myung.

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