|Huneed Technologies' headquarters in Incheon / Courtesy of Huneed Technologies|
By Kim Rahn
Huneed Technologies, a domestic defense company, has become the nation's first and sole maintenance, repair and operation (MRO) service provider for flight control computers (FCC) on Surion helicopters and Light Armed Helicopters (LAH), the company said, Wednesday.
This followed a memorandum of agreement signed between Airbus Helicopters and the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) in March.
This makes Huneed the first domestic specialist company to carry out avionics MRO services for the Korean military.
Under the agreement, the company will have the necessary MRO technology transferred from Airbus Helicopters and Safran Electronics & Defense within one year and service the FCCs of Surion and LAH choppers, both made by the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), for the next 30 years.
"We will ensure this project will become a model case where the DAPA's policy plan is carried out by a mid-sized company," Huneed Chairman Eugene Kim said in a press release.
The project will help the military save foreign currency by making MRO service accessible here instead of requiring equipment to be sent overseas for service.
Huneed has been producing FCCs for Surion at its avionics manufacturing center after having its special process technology certified by Safran. To become the MRO service provider, it has invested in expanding and upgrading manufacturing facilities and technical capacity. These achievements have been possible through multi-party partnerships among Huneed, Safran and KAI as well as the governments of Korea and France, according to the company.
"The partnership with Airbus has been important to achieve our goal of expanding business globally by 2025," Kim said. "Huneed is going beyond just carrying out contract manufacturing toward built-to-spec production, joint development of electronics systems and avionics MRO capabilities at a global scale."