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Cobham to provide communications package for KNPA’s Surion helicopter program

MarketWatch: International

September 19, 2012

Cobham Aerospace Communications has been selected to provide the audio/radio communications package for the Korean National Police Agency’s (KNPA) new Surion utility helicopter. The twin-engine Surion was jointly developed by Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) and Eurocopter and is expected to begin service in 2014.

Surions produced for the KNPA through 2025 will feature Cobham’s lightweight and compact audio/radio component suite composed of the RT-5000 transceiver and C-5000 radio controller package that utilizes superior transmission power for maximum signal range and clarity, plus the ACP51/53 Digital Audio Control System (DACS) which distributes and controls aircraft audio to and from all transceivers, receivers, and aural warning sources.

John Payne, general manager of Cobham Aerospace Communications – Prescott said: "Cobham is proud to be the standard-fit communications package for this groundbreaking helicopter. We look forward to many years of assisting the KNPA with their country-wide law enforcement mission."

Chul-Shik Hong, Purchasing Manager at Korean Aerospace Industries, Ltd., commented "The communications package from Cobham Aerospace Communications offered the best combination of robust performance, aftermarket support, and overall value. We are pleased to include Cobham on the Surion."

In addition to the audio/radio communications package, Cobham also will provide to KAI a number of other integrated products and associated antennas for the Surion, including CVN-251 navigation receivers with its VHF omni-directional radio (VOR) and instrument landing system (ILS) antennas; marker beacon antennas; VHF and UHF radio antennas; and TETRA Trunked Radio System (TRS) antennas.