13.08.2014 By: Greg Waldron - FG
Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) will develop a medical evacuation variant of the Surion helicopter for the South Korean military.
The first flight of the variant of the 8.7t helicopter will take place in 2016, with service entry expected in 2018, says KAI in a statement. The medevac variant will be capable of carrying six casualties in stretchers.
The announcement follows an agreement between KAI and the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA). According to a report carried by state news agency Yonhap quoting DAPA, the development program will cost KRW32 billion ($31 million).