South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) is currently reviewing two foreign jet engine makers to power country’s first indigenously-developed combat aircraft and is expected to zero-in on one firm by June.
European jet engine giant Eurojet Turbo GmbH is competing against US rival General Electric (GE) for the South Korean deal to procure engines for its high-profile indigenous fighter jet project, known as the Korean Fighter Experimental, or KF-X.
In the review process, the DAPA will compare the two engine makers' technology levels, technology transferability as well as the price, a DAPA official told Yonhap, adding that a contract to be inked in June.
Under the 18 trillion won ($15.2 billion)-worth project, South Korea seeks to develop and manufacture 120 multi-role twin-engine combat jets by mid-2020 to replace its US-made fleet of F-4 and F-5 aircraft. The planes will be the first fighter jets ever to be designed and produced from scratch inside the country.
South Korea had sought to tap into 25 different fighter jet technologies owned by U.S. defense giant Lockheed Martin in an off-set deal signed alongside the country's purchase of the F-35 in 2014. The fifth-generation fighter is made by the U.S. firm.
But, the U.S. government ruled out four of the 25 U.S. technologies as not exportable last year, including the sensitive technology to build active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar.
For the remaining 21 technologies, the U.S. government issued its export license in November last year, and currently 12 technicians from Lockheed Martin are in Seoul to help with the project, the official also said.
The DAPA is committed to developing the AESA radar on its own, but it does not rule out the option of buying it from outside the country, the official added.
South Koreas sole aircraft maker Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd (KAI) is expecting to finalize an engine supplier for the countrys indigenous fighter jet project by April end. European engine maker Eurojet Turbo GmbH and the US firm General Electric (GE) are vying to be part of the Korean Fighter Experimental (KF-X) program
South Koreas Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) have formally signed an agreement to develop KF-X fighter aircraft. According to the agreement signed today, DAPA will finance 60 per cent of the 8 trillion won (US$6
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 Korean delegation has asked the United States to provide technologies related to the development of medium-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle during a meeting in Washington. Both the sides discussed several key foreign and security policy issues, including the transfer of US technologies essential for development of South Korea's own fighter jet KF-X program, according to
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,
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