DX Korea 2022: KAI launches LUH for SOF

by Andrew White

A model of the LUH variant of the LAH helicopter was displayed by KAI at DX Korea 2022. (Andrew White)

Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) unveiled a new helicopter variant to support special operations forces (SOF) at DX Korea 2022, which is being held in Seoul from 21 to 25 September.

The Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) is a variant of KAI's Light Armed Helicopter (LAH), which is in the final stages of development ahead of production for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) from 2023.

According to KAI's regional manager for international sales and marketing, Byoung Sam Choi, development of the LUH is being pitched for many mission sets, one of which is the Special operations Attack Helicopter (SAH).

Choi said that the LUH comprises a stripped-out LAH, providing greater space to carry troops both inside the cabin and on outboard benches similar to those used onboard Boeing's MH-6M Little Bird as used by the US Special Operations Command.

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DX Korea 2022: LIG Nex1 unveils ‘Drone Launched Missile'

by Andrew White

LIG Nex1 has unveiled its 'Drone Launched Missile' concept (pictured above) at the DX Korea 2022 exhibition in Goyang. (Janes/Andrew White)

LIG Nex1 has unveiled a tactical precision-strike concept at the DX Korea 2022 exhibition being held in Goyang from 21 to 25 September.

The ‘Drone Launched Missile' concept, designed for small unit teams in the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA), features a small vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) quadrotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), equipped with a reduced form factor targeting pod and armed with four miniature missiles.

A LIG Nex1 spokesperson told Janes that the concept is in its early design stages. The targeting pod features an imaging infrared (IIR) camera and laser target designator, although it was also confirmed that the pod symbolised a conceptual design at present.

The UAV is also equipped with a rack of four miniature missiles, also designed by LIG Nex1, each of which features a dual seeker with Semi-Active Laser (SAL) and Complementary Metal-Oxide Semi Conductor (CMOS) Near-Infrared (NIR) sensors.

The dual seeker enables each missile to guide itself onto its designated target in both day and low-light conditions, the spokesperson added.

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AAD 2022: Havelsan exhibits indigenously designed autonomous Baha UAV

by Akshara Parakala

The Baha UAV developed by Turkey's Havelsan on show at AAD 2022. (Janes/Akshara Parakala)

Turkey's Havelsan exhibited its latest iteration of indigenously developed fixed-wing vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) swarm-capable autonomous Baha unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2022 expo, held from 21 to 25 September, in South Africa.

The Baha is a small UAV developed to conduct intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions with the ability to perform as an independent platform and in alliance with other manned and unmanned air and ground assets. The latest design of Baha includes a boom-mounted T-tail instead of earlier exercised boom-mounted inverted V-tail. The air vehicle (AV) has also undergone modifications to include anti-jamming systems and integration with combat management system and control station for land and naval operations.

The AV has a wingspan of 3.7 m, fitted with four electrically powered rotors (two on each wing), which enables VTOL operations. The forward flight, which is initially propelled by a gasoline engine, can now be propelled by an electric engine. The endurance achieved by the electric engine is two hours against the six-hour endurance achieved through the gasoline engine.

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AAD 2022: Denel debuts Loki aerial target

by Akshara Parakala

The Loki is to be developed as a technology demonstrator. (Janes/Akshara Parakala)

Making its debut at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2022 expo in South Africa was a mock-up of Denel Aerospace Systems' high-speed recoverable aerial target, Loki.

Under development driven by the requirements of the Armaments Corporation of South Africa (ARMSCOR), the procurement agency of the South African Department of Defence (DoD), and the South African Air Force (SAAF), Loki is to be developed as a technology demonstrator.

The target is envisaged to simulate a high-speed threat during surface-to-air and air-to-air ground, air, and ship-based weapons systems. The Loki weights 180 kg, has an endurance of 60–80 min, and can be controlled from a control system from a range of 60 km. The range however could be increased with the use of RF communicator relay station.

Loki is launched using a hydro-pneumatic launcher designed by South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and recovered using a parachute. The target is fitted with two infrared emitters in the wings, a Luneburg lens on the nose to enhance the radar cross-section signature, strobe light or smoke trail, and flame throwers.

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