South Korea begins assembly of K-FX prototype

In 2001, the South Korean authorities, in partnership with the Indonesian authorities, established a protocol aimed at developing a new generation local future device by 2030. This program, the K-FX, which has mobilized 1200 engineers since the start works in 2001, is about to take a strategic step, since assembly of the first prototype will begin before the end of October, with a first flight hoped for 2021.

Although eventful, the K-FX program shows the determination of theSouth Korea to develop its own defense via an autonomous and competitive defense industry in the aeronautics field, as it did in thee naval domain et land armaments. A twin-engine aircraft weighing 13 tonnes empty and 25 tonnes loaded, the K-FX will be a fighter evolving on the edge of the 5th generation, and intended to replace, initially, the F4 Phantom and F5 Tiger still in operation. service in the South Korean Air Force.

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