Safran Helicopter Engines has been selected to supply engines for Korean Aerospace Industries’s (KAI) light armed helicopter (LAH) in South Korea.

The company will supply a new Arriel 2L2 engine to power the LAH.

Under an agreement, Safran and Hanwha Techwin will produce the engine in South Korea.

Hanwha will manufacture major parts, as well as perform the final assembly and tests in its plant in Changwon.

The company will also be responsible for the maintenance, repair and operations of the new LAH engine.

Derived from Arriel 2N, the Arriel 2L2 features a new axial compressor, a high-pressure compressor diffuser and turbine material, and a full authority digital engine control (FADEC) system.

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According to Safran, Arriel 2L2 will provide improved safety, reliability, power and performance during demanding missions.

“Together, we are committed to offer a cutting-edge engine solution with world-class services to the Republic Of Korea Army.”

Safran Helicopter Engines OEM Sales executive vice-president Maxime Faribault said: “This partnership is a new step in the Arriel programme history.

“We are proud in the confidence placed in us by Hanwha Techwin. Together, we are committed to offer a cutting-edge engine solution with world-class services to the Republic Of Korea Army.”

Safran will also supply the Arriel 2C2 engine, which already powers Airbus Helicopters H155, for KAI’s light civil helicopter.

To date, more than 12,000 Arriel units have been produced to power more than 40 different helicopter types.

The Arriel family of engines offer power outputs ranging between 650shp and 1024shp.

Image: Safran and Hanwha Techwin will co-produce the Arriel 2L2 engine in South Korea. Photo: courtesy of Safran.