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KARI has been developing key helicopter technologies such as an anti-torque system, next-generation torque system, and bearing-free rotor hub to help that can be applied to develop Korean helicopters.
It participated in the KHP (Korean Helicopter Program) and successfully developed the KHP civil-military dual use component to assist the development of a Korean helicopter. It is currently developing key commercial helicopter technologies derived from armed helicopters.
KARI plans to develop key parts such as a rotor system, engine, and landing system, none of which have been developed in Korea to date, continue developing new technologies including a new concept of rotorcraft and testing equipment, and begin developing a next-generation high-speed rotorcraft.
Korea launched the Korean mobile helicopter project in a bid to replace the almost obsolete mobile helicopters (UH-1H and 500MD) of the Korean military and to foster its aviation industry.
KARI is the DLA(Development Leading Agent) of key components modules of 'Surion' that can be used for civil-military dual use. It cooperated with enterprises and universities in Korea and other countries to develop 18 key components units such as rotor, engine, auxiliary power unit, fuel system parts, pressure accumulator, hydraulic oil pump, landing system and air data system.
Moreover, it constructed the helicopter development infrastructure - including testing equipment and facilities for rotorcraft development, and a whirl tower testing facility to test rotor performance, dynamic properties, and durability - at the Goheung Aerospace Center, and expanded the open wind tunnel testing unit which is suitable for testing rotorcraft, as part of the Surion Development project.
Utilizing the technologies and infrastructure acquired as part of the Surion Development project, KARI is developing the main rotor blade, automatic flight control system, (AFCS) and active vibration control system as the key technologies of the light civilian helicopter (LCH).