The helicopter KAI KUH-1 Surion. Specifications. A photo.
The helicopter KAI KUH-1 Surion. Specifications. A photo.

The helicopter KAI KUH-1 Surion. Specifications. A photo.


KAI KUH-1 Surion - multipurpose helicopter developed in 2010, the joint efforts of aircraft manufacturers «Korea Aerospace Industries» Company and «Airbus Helicopters».


Photo KAI KUH-1 Surion


The aircraft model KAI KUH-1 Surion began to be developed by Korean aircraft manufacturers in 2006, however, due to the fact that aircraft developers did not have sufficient experience in the design of multipurpose rotary-wing aircraft, work on the project began to be carried out in conjunction with the French aircraft manufacturer Airbus Helicopters.

Korean aircraft manufacturers have invested $ 1 billion in the development of the KAI KUH-1,2 Surion aircraft, while the aircraft is not much different from the existing American and French-made helicopters. Nevertheless, the project of this model has become very popular, and in just 2 years of production, the Korean company "Korea Aerospace Industries" managed to realize 40 aircraft, while for the full payback of the development, it is required to build at least 120 aircraft ( taking into account their current value).


KAI KUH-1 Surion photo


The helicopter KAI KUH-1 Surion was first tested in 2010 year, however, as the project required minor improvements in real production the current model came only 2013 year, which continues to be to this day.

The aircraft KAI KUH-1 Surion has a multi-purpose area of ​​your application, in particular, it is operated in both the civil and military aviation. Republic of Korea Armed Forces, using a helicopter KAI KUH-1 Surion for transportation on board of armed soldiers and loads of different purposes, while in the civil sphere, the helicopter is operated as a police aircraft as a passenger and freight transport.


Helicopter KAI KUH-1 Surion


On board the helicopter KAI KUH-1 Surion can accommodate up to 18 people, including without passengers or soldiers and two crew members. Practical load capacity of the aircraft is 3750 kg, which makes the aircraft suitable as a vehicle.

The military version of the aircraft can be equipped with weapons, consisting of several sets of rockets, used mainly against armored enemy equipment.

The power plant of the KAI KUH-1 Surion helicopter consists of two gas turbine aircraft engines of the Samsung Techwin T700-ST-701K brand or Samsung Techwin T700-ST-701C, each of which has a thrust of 1650 hp, which provides the aircraft with the maximum travel speed up to 310 km / h, with the possibility of flights at distances of up to 500 kilometers.

Release helicopter model KAI KUH-1 Surion conducted by Korean aircraft manufacturers in the following variants:

  • KAI KUH-1 Surion - The basic production option for military use;
  • KAI KUH-Medevac - Evacuation and medical version of the helicopter;
  • KAI KUH-Amphibious  - An upgraded version of the KAI KUH-1 Surion version capable of basing on water bodies;
  • KAI KUH-ASW - An improved version of the helicopter, developed by request of the Korean Navy;
  • KAI KUH-1P Chamsuri - The police version of the helicopter.


Specifications KAI KUH-1 Surion.


  • Crew: 2 person;
  • Capacity: 18 people (depending on version);
  • helicopter length: 19 m (depending on version).
  • The height of the helicopter: 4,5 m (depending on version).
  • The diameter of the rotor: 15,8 m (depending on version).
  • Weight of empty helicopter: 4973 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 7348 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Cruising speed: 260 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight speed: 310 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight distance: 500 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 3050 m .;
  • Powerplant: 2 × Samsung Techwin T700-ST-701K (depending on version);
  • Power: 2 × 1650 hp


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