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Rostec State Corporation will offer its partners from South Korea the modernization of the Ka-32 multipurpose helicopter fleet. The program for upgrading this type of helicopter will be presented at Seoul ADEX 2019 (Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition 2019) on the exposition of Russian Helicopters’ official dealer RH Focus Corp. The producer suggests that avionics, engines and a firefighting system should be upgraded in the rotorcraft, which have been used in South Korea since the 1990s.
The Ka-32 upgrade program includes equipping the aircraft with a glass cockpit, more powerful VK-2500PS-02 engines and a new firefighting system. All these units will be presented at Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition (Seoul ADEX) held from Oct. 15 through Oct. 20. The modernized version of the helicopter was indexed as Ka-32A11M.
“This exhibition is especially important for Rostec’s aviation cluster, as we start cooperation in a new format; for the first time Russian Helicopters’ designs are shown on the exposition of our official dealer RH Focus Corp. We have cooperated with this company in the sphere of after-sales service, and both our firms have benefited from this. There was a good reason why the upgraded Ka-32 helicopter has been selected for our joint exposition: a fleet of these rotorcraft in Korea is fairly large, and they have proved their efficiency in terms of transporting cargo, search-and-rescue operations and firefighting,” said director general of Russian Helicopters holding company Andrey Boginsky.
“Our forests are lush green, made by contribution of the Korea Forest Service and the Russian helicopters operated by the KFS. Most of the Russian helicopters operating including KFS in South Korea are the aged ones that have been in operation since the mid-1990s,” said the CEO of RH Focus Corp., Soo Un Kim. “The upgrade to apply the latest items and technologies that we will introduce at Seoul ADEX 2019 will further improve the performances of existing helicopters, which will maximize efficiency much more economically than new purchase. Through this ADEX 2019, I would like to let the customers know the excellence of helicopter performance when the state-of-the-art avionics equipment to be presented this time is combined with [the] coaxial rotor of Ka-32.”
Ka-32 helicopters are used by South Korean state agencies for performing a wide range of tasks, from firefighting to search-and-rescue operations and offshore patrolling. They are also used by the country’s commercial services as “flying cranes” for construction and installation.