South Korea receives first batch of AW159 anti-submarine helicopters

10:15:00 PM
SEOUL, -- The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has received its first batch of four AW159 shipborne anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopters from Ango-Italian defence company Leonardo-Finmeccanica.

The aircraft, which were delivered on 13 June, is part of an order for eight airframes announced in January 2013 under South Korea's Maritime Operational Helicopter programme that seeks to boost the RoKN's submarine prosecution capabilities.

The helicopters are expected to be operated from the RoKN's Incheon-class guided-missile frigates.

South Korea has received its four AW159 naval helicopters after initial delays. The South Korean navy is now expected to operationalise the aircraft from mid-2017.

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