KAI LAN helo with M197 Gatling-type gun was tested at -32 degrees
SEOUL, ($1=1,211.37 South Korean Wons) — According to information shared by the South Korean Defense Procurement Administration [DAPA], the Korean aerospace company KAI has subjected the KAI LAH helicopter, developed as a precursor to the MD500 Defender and lightweight AH-1S helicopters, to various tests in cold weather conditions, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing DefenceTurk.
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The helicopter, which was flown to the airport on an An-124 cargo plane, made a total of 40 flights in an environment with an average temperature of -32 ° C during the 10-week test. The tests, which were conducted in Yellowknife with the LAH and 40 engineers, pilots, and support team, began on December 6, 2021, and were completed by February 2022.
During the 10 weeks, the KAI LAH successfully passed the “wetting” test, which tested its combat capability in long-term low-temperature conditions and checked that its various equipment, such as the engine, was working properly. On February 18, the DAPA helicopter development officer said in a statement: “Flight tests in low-temperature conditions abroad are a critical stage for light class helicopters. The LAH overcame this obstacle.”
KAI LAN helicopter
The helicopter, which made its first flight in July 2019, is a 5-ton twin-engine light helicopter developed and manufactured by KAI. The KAI LAH, whose development activities are aimed at being completed by 2022, will undertake several mission definitions, such as a light attack, close air support, and troop transfers.
The helicopter’s weapon systems are a 20mm M197 triple-barreled Gatling-type rotary gun mounted on the chin, a 70mm missile system, and an anti-tank guided air-to-surface missile launcher.
The helicopter’s main armament is the TAipers Light Armed Helicopter Air-to-Ground Missile [LAH-AGM], a pair of CCD cameras, and an infrared image search [IIR] device that provides fire, surveillance, and update mode using optical data.
The helicopter can carry a total of 4 Chungum missiles, two on each wing. The rocket with a diameter of 120 millimeters and weighing 16 kilograms is approaching its target at a speed of 200 m / s. The anti-tank missile, which can act against major battle tanks with a tandem warhead Explosive Reactive Armor [ERA], is expected to be developed by 2022, and mass production will begin in 2023.
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