South Korea has signed a technology support contract with an Israeli defense firm and has abandoned a plan to build a radar system for its KF-X fighter jet program.
The state-run Agency for Defense Development signed the contract with Elta without revealing the exact volume of the contract. Yonhap quoted industry official as saying Tuesday that the contract is worth an approximate 40 billion won (US$35.5 million).
"The ADD, which is in charge of developing an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar for the KF-X program, signed the agreement on technology support with an Israeli company last month," the source said.
In 2016, the ADD chose Hanwha Thales, a local defense firm, as the preferential bidder for the radar development. Hanhwa beat its domestic rival LIG Nex1 in the controversial competition.
The ADD said earlier it could seek outside help if Hanhwa falters in developing such an advanced radar system for use by South Korea's envisioned fighter jets.
South Korea launched the KF-X project in 2015 with the aim of producing more than 120 cutting-edge fighters to replace its aging jet fleet of F-4s and F-5s.
It plans to pour a total of 18 trillion won into the project by 2026, with the production of six prototype jets scheduled to begin in July next year.
South Korea and Indonesia have opened a joint office to carry out consultations in the KF-X fighter aircraft development project. The office has been set up in Sacheon, 437 kilometers southeast of Seoul,
South Korea is planning to develop its own indigenous long-range air-to-ground missile that will be fitted onto the countrys KF-X fighter jets. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) plans to start its research on relevant missile technologies from 2018 with a plan to produce some 200 air-to-surface Taurus-class missiles until 2031, Yonhap reports Wednesday
Indonesia receiving a proposal from Saab for the Gripen fighter plane and its investment in the KF-X program hints at a delay or reconsideration in the procurement of Su-35 aircraft from Russia. Last month, Saab submitted a proposal to Indonesian authorities to supply its JAS 39 Gripen multirole fighter aircraft to meet the air combat requirements of the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU)
South Korea will complete the development of the first prototype of an advanced radar system for country's indigenous fighter jets by 2020, the state arms procurement agency said Wednesday. The state-run Agency for Defense Development has begun the process of developing the active electronically scanned array radars for some 120 KF-X fighter jets that South Korea seeks to develop by the mid-2020s, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration told Yonhap
South Korea has selected General Electric (GE) as the preferred bidder for its next-generation Experimental (KF-X) fighter jets. The South Korean procurement agency, Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) made the selection public on Thursday,
Korea Aerospace Industries has chosen Harris Corporation to furnish carriage and release systems for the next-generation Korea Fighter-Experimental (KF-X) program. The KF-X jet is a program aimed at developing an advanced multirole fighter for the air force of the Republic of Korea, Harris Corp said in a statement Tuesday
A South Korean opposition lawmaker has claimed that the US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin secured 7.3 trillion won ($6
The Defense Acquisition Program Administration of South Korea has decided to mass-produce the next-generation military communication system called Tactical Information Communication Network (TICN) by 2019. This follows the successful field trial operation of the first prototype
South Korea's defense ministry has sought a record 43.7 trillion won ($38
South Koreas Board of Audit and Inspection(BAI) is scrutinizing the KF-X procurement project carried out under the former Park Geun-hye administration. In April, BAI has sent inspectors to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) to launch an audit into the project to acquire next-generation fighter jets for the country,
South Korea's Raybolt medium-range anti-tank guided missile (MR-ATGM) has passed quality tests and is planned for local procurement and export where it will compete against the US Lockheed Martin-made Javelin and the Israeli Rafael-made Spike-MR ATGMs. The nation's arms procurement agency, Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) hopes to export the advanced Fire & Forget-type weapon, saying it's smaller and lighter, but more powerful and effective than similar foreign weaponry, such as Israel's
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