UTC Aerospace Systems will provide several key components for Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) KF-X advanced multirole fighter jet.
The company is under contract with KAI to provide complete environmental control system—including air conditioning, bleed air control and cabin pressurization and liquid cooling—along with the aircraft’s air turbine starter and flow control valve.
The company, a unit of United Technologies Corp, already provides the complete environmental control system, air turbine starter and airframe mounted accessory drive for KAI’s T-50 trainer, along with multiple systems for the TA-50 and FA-50 light attack variants.
KAI aims to manufacture more than 100 KF-X fighters for the Republic of Korea Air Force.
Production deliveries are expected to commence in the mid-2020s.
“Our state-of-the-art technology will help maximize the performance of this new aircraft, and we are positioned to offer additional system opportunities to further enhance its competitiveness. We look forward to supporting the KF-X program in the years ahead,” says Electric, Environmental and Engine Systems President Tim White.
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