Two of the Republic of Korea Navy’s first AW159s during trials and development test flying from Leonardo Helicopters’ manufacturing facility in Yeovil, Somerset.
The Thales Compact Flash Sonics clipping sonar features an electric reeling machine and an integrated sonobuoy processing system with a VHF receiver able to collect data from both active and passive sonobuoys.
Two of the AW159s at Jinhae Air Base, South Korea during their July 27, 2016, official acceptance ceremony.
The Republic of Korea Navy plans to deploy its AW 159s from mid-2017 after completing the integration process, which includes pilot training, live weapons firing and naval ship flight trials.
Spike NLOS is a multipurpose, electro-optical missile containing a video camera in the front that provides a real-time wireless data link for ranges up to 15 miles (25km).
The sonar equipment for the Korean AW159. An integrated sonobuoy processing system collects data from both active and passive sonobuoys.
The first four AW159s for the Republic of Korea Navy. These aircraft are part of the order for eight aircraft placed in 2013.
Republic of Korea Navy QHIs received instructional pilot training at Cornwall Airport, Newquay. This involved approximately 24 hours of left and right seat conversion training, five hours of maintenance test pilot conversion training and ten hours of instructor conversion training.
One of the Korean AW159s on the production line at Yeovil. The Republic of Korea Navy’s order is significant, as it is the first export order for the AW159.