South Korea has ordered an investigation in the US denial of technology for the nation’s multi-billion dollar KF-X fighter jet project.
The US did not allow exports of four major technologies promised for the South Korean project in a decision made in April.
Under the project to build home-grown combat jets, Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) agreed with Lockheed Martin to obtain 25 kinds of fighter jet technologies as part of their 7.3 trillion won ($6.1 billion) deal to purchase 40 F-35 radar-evading fighters to be deployed between 2018 and 2021. .
US has denied export of the four technologies that were added later to the accord clearing the rest of 21 listed citing technology protection policy.
The decision on the remaining 21 is set to be made as early as November, but they have received a positive review so far, Korea Herald News daily reported Thursday.
The four technologies denied include active electronically scanned array radar, electro optical targeting pod, infrared search-and-track and radio frequency jammer vital for building integrated systems.
South Korea plans to deploy 120 units by 2032. Officials at DAPA believe that they still can secure the technologies not from the US but other countries in Europe or research and development at home.
“We’ve been striving to come up with ways to develop them on our own by 2025. We’ve made numerous attempts to forge overseas partnerships and did receive positive responses from some European countries,” a DAPA official was quoted as saying by the news daily as saying.
South Korea will deploy Remoeye drones to frontline army and Marine Corps units for surveillance of military activity of North Korea. “South Korea received its first home made drone manufactured by UCON system today,” Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) was quoted as saying by Xinhua news daily Wednesday
South Korea us seeking to develop its own long range missile intercept system instead of paying about 3 trillion won ($2.6 billion) for the US-made Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)
US has denied permission to transfer the F-35 fighter jet technology to Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA). "The US government rejected transferring the technologies for security reasons," an official from the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said Tuesday
Saab has received an order for support of algorithm development and evaluation of airborne AESA radar for South Koreas indigenous KF-X fighter jet. The radar development programme is led by the Korean Agency for Defence Development (ADD) and Saab will work in cooperation with ADD and its contractual partner LIG Nex1
A South Korean opposition lawmaker has claimed that the US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin secured 7.3 trillion won ($6
The Indonesian parliament approved a 1.07 trillion Rupiah (US$78
The US and South Korea have agreed to establish a consultative forum to discuss defense technology co-operation including the experimental KF-X program. The Pentagon said in a statement that US Defense Secretary Ash Carter and South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo agreed to "establish an interagency working group to enhance cooperation on defense technology issues," but the statement made no mention of the technology transfer for the fighter jet project
South Korea and Indonesia may sign an industrial engagement agreement for the joint development of Korean next generation fighter aircraft later this month. Earlier this week, South Korean government decided to develop some of its own KF-X fighters with some help from outside after the US denied did not allow exports of four major technologies promised for the South Korean project in a decision made in April
South Korea in a move to counter North Koreas advancing nuclear and a missile capability is insistent to finish the development of ballistic missiles with range of 800 kilometers by 2017. "The Agency for Defense Development has proposed the year 2017 as the time frame for the extension of its ballistic missiles' range in a five-year development plan," Yonhap news agency quoted an unnamed government official as saying Wednesday
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