Mass production and additional $234 million for South Korea's $4.5 billion attack helicopter programme
The ten helicopters assigned to the first contract come with a logistical support package, all to be delivered within three years.
According to the Defence Blog publication, "the KAI’s LAH aims to replace the aging fleet of 500MD Defender and AH-1S Cobra attack helicopters and assume multiple mission roles such as light attack, close air support, escort and troop transportation. The helicopter features an integrated full-glass cockpit, equipped with smart multi-function display (SMFD) and an integrated electronic map computer (IDMC), while armed with a chin-mounted 20-milimeter turret gun, air-to-ground guided missiles and unguided rockets."
This comes as South Korea takes measures to support its domestic industries and boost their capabilities.
The small Asian nation hosts a booming defence industry and cutting edge specialisms in shipbuilding and air defence systems.