The inaugural day saw the unveiling of a 1:1 scale mock-up of the Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) Korean Fighter Experimental (KF-X). This follows the KF-X Detailed Design Review (CDR) held in late September. The 4.5 generation fighter aircraft programme is budgeted at 8.8 trillion won. Development of the KF-X commenced in January 2016 and the basic fighter design was finalised in June 2018.
“Now, Korean fighter development has successfully passed the detailed design review stage and faces new challenges in the construction and testing of prototypes,” says Korean Fighter Project Division, Senior Defence Officer, Kwang Sun-sun.
“We will make every effort, in cooperation with related organizations, to ensure that Korean fighters produce performances that match or exceed the expectations of the military,” said Korean Fighter Project Division, Senior Defence Officer, Kwang Sun-sun.
The KF-X programme has also kicked off a large indigenous design effort for aircraft components and parts, which will hold South Korean industry in good stead for the future.
The roll-out of the first KF-X prototype is slated for the first half of 2021 and the maiden flight is planned in the first half of 2022. The KF-X design and development effort is expected to conclude and lead to production by 2026.
The KF-X will be powered by two GE-F414- 400K engines and MTOW of 25.6 tonne. The maximum weapons payload for the KF-X is 7.7 tonne.
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