ROK to acquire Bell 505 helicopters for basic flight training
According to Yonhap News Agency, the ROK's Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) signed the agreement with Bell Textron Asia on May 6. Seoul will receive Bell 505 helicopters and eight simulators over the next three years as part of the agreement to train army and navy pilots.
DAPA stated in a statement on May 16 that the helicopters will be outfitted with modern digital instrument panels, tactical navigation technology, and other avionics.
According to Bell Textron, the Jet Ranger X includes a fully integrated Garmin G1000H NXi flight deck with twin 10.4 inch high-resolution LCD panels. Optional flying displays to improve situational awareness, a Traffic Advisory System (TAS), a Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (HTAWS), Garmin's Helicopter Synthetic Vision Technology (HSVT), and a Pathway in the Sky (PITS) display are also expected.