KAI loses bid to export helicopters to Philippines

South Korea-based aircraft manufacturer Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has announced it did not succeed in its bid to export its Surion choppers to the Philippines, an official at Seoul´s arms procurement agency said.

Late in 2018, the Manila government informed the South Korean embassy in the Philippines that it had opted to purchase UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, manufactured in the US.

The apparent failure came after a MUH-1 Marineon, the Marine variant of the KUH-1 Surion helicopter, crashed at a military airport in the southeastern city of Pohang in July, killing five of the six Marines aboard.