Korean Helicopter Program (KHP) Final Go Ahead
13 Apr 2006
On April 12, 2006, the Korean Government announced its decision to give the final go-ahead to the Korean Helicopter Program (KHP) during the 2nd Defense Program Promotion Meeting. Under the program Korea will buy 245 utility helicopters to be developed by Korea Aerospace Industries Limited in partnership with Eurocopter, and produced as from 2011 onwards.
The objective of the Korean Helicopter Program is to replace the aging fleet of US transport and liaison helicopters operated by the Korean army. The KHP helicopter will be in the 8 metric ton class and capable of carrying 2 pilots and 11 troops with an endurance of well over two hours.