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AW159 @ South Korean service
« on: May 05, 2017, 02:29:19 PM »
South Korea flexes new AW159 helicopter capability in anti-submarine drills
Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - IHS Jane's Navy International
07 February 2017

In a demonstration of its newly attained submarine prosecution capabilities, the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has deployed its AW159 helicopters on anti-submarine warfare (ASW) drills for the first time, the service confirmed with Jane's on 7 February.

The exercises, which included the deployment of the helicopter's dipping sonar system, were conducted with a squadron of four airframes near the port of Busan, and tested helicopters' ability to interoperate with its surface ships to jointly prosecute submarines, said the service.

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South Korea announced the acquisition of eight AW159 helicopters under the country's Maritime Operational Helicopter programme in 2013. The first batch of four helicopters was delivered in June 2016, while a subsequent batch of four was handed over by Leonardo's Helicopter Division in November the same year.

The platform is equipped with Thales' FLASH Compact Sonics low-frequency active dipping sonar and acoustic processing suite, and the Seaspray 7000E active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar supplied by Selex. Weapons that can be deployed from the helicopter include the K745 Cheong Sangeo (Blue Shark) lightweight torpedo, and depth charges.

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Re: AW159 @ South Korean service
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2020, 08:21:47 PM »

South Korea resumes operations on AW159 naval helicopters
13 January 2020

The entire fleet of anti-submarine warfare (ASW)-capable aircraft was grounded in November 2019 as a precautionary measure after abnormal vibrations were detected in one of the helicopters during a routine patrol operation, said a RoKN representative in an email reply to Jane’s on 11 January.

These vibrations have since been narrowed down to a faulty rotor vibration damper on the affected aircraft. The remaining seven helicopters were not affected by the fault, and were cleared to resume normal operations progressively since 3 January, the service added.