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.
"We are planning to produce the first prototypes of the AESA radar system by the second half of 2020. Starting in 2021, the radar system will undergo a five-year-long test run after being mounted onto the KF-X jet before its development project is completed in 2026," a DAPA official said.
The Korean military decided to develop the AESA radar system on its own as the United States refused to transfer core technologies related to the fighter jet and the advanced radar in April last year.
AESA is a type of phased array radar whose transmitter and receiver functions are composed of numerous small transmit/receive modules. AESA radars have almost instantaneous scanning rates, making them difficult to jam and allowing the aircraft employing the technology to remain stealthy.
"Based on our accumulated technologies and know-how, we will develop the most optimal type of an AESA radar system that meets the Korean Air Force's operational requirements within the set time period (of now to 2026)," an arms procurement official said.
South Korea plans to build the new planes under the 18 trillion-won ($15 billion) Korean Fighter Experimental project in a bid to replace its aging jet fleet of F-4s and F-5s.
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
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
The South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has made public a list of 15,500 components of weapons systems and equipment to propel the domestic industry to manufacture them both for local consumption and export. The agency uploaded the list of weapon parts imported between 2014 and 2016 on the website of the Defense Agency for Technology and Quality
A South Korean opposition lawmaker has claimed that the US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin secured 7.3 trillion won ($6
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
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
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