, Light Armed Helicopter Flew for the First Time
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Light Armed Helicopter Flew for the First Time

Light Armed Helicopter Flew for the First Time July 5, 2019

Korea Aerospace Industries (Korea Aerospace Industries/ KAI) has carried out the first flight of its Light Armed Helicopter (LAH) prototype. The rotor platform developed for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA), completed the test after a 20-minute test flight.

The helicopter is powered by two Arriel 2L2 turboshaft engines co-developed and built by Safran Helicopter Engines and Hanwha Techwin. The RoKA has a requirement for more than 200 LAH helicopters, with entry into service scheduled for 2022-23.

The LAH has been developed around the Airbus Helicopters H155 (formerly the EC155 B1) twin-engined platform. The rotorcraft also features stub wings provisioned to carry rocket pods, as well as a nose-mounted electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensor, fuselage- and tail-mounted missile warning receivers. A main feature of the LAH is the turreted 20 mm Gatling-type gun under its nose.

Light Armed Helicopter Flew for the First Time

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