At ADEX 2019 held in Seoul, South Korea, Kopter Group AG and Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. (KAI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The agreement launches the start of a collaboration between Kopter and KAI around local assembly, production, customization and sales of Kopter’s SH09 single-engine helicopter in Korea. Kopter states this cooperation might equally lead to helicopter sales to other Asian countries from Korea.
“We are very proud to cooperate with KAI, whose significant experience of the helicopter industry makes it a highly valuable partner,” said Christian Gras, executive VP, customers, Kopter Group. “We do believe that a partnership between our two companies will be very beneficial for both parties going forward, especially as the SH09 is the ideal complement to KAI current helicopter portfolio and fully meets Korea’s market needs.”
Kopter states the SH09 offers the cabin size and mission capability of a light twin turbine helicopter at the cost of a single.
“KAI is extremely pleased to cooperate with Kopter as key partner in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Sang Choi, executive VP, KAI. “KAI strongly believes that this will be a great opportunity to add the SH09 single-engine helicopter in KAI’s rotary-wing production portfolio. Furthermore, an enlarged collaboration in the technical area between both companies will create significant prospects in both Korean and Asia-Pacific market.”