K-FX CDR sets stage for prototype production
Seoul has completed the critical design review (CDR) of the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) KF-X fighter, setting the stage for the rollout of a prototype in the first half of 2021.
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September 28, 2019 - by Greg Waldron for flightglobal.com
The twin-engined fighter will operate its maiden sortie a year later in the first half of 2022, according to a Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) statement. Development will be completed by 2026.
In addition, a full-sized mock-up will be displayed at next month's Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition.
The statement follows a CDR meeting that ran from 24-26 September held by the Defense Affairs Agency. The CDR confirms that the proposed jet will meet "all requirements reflected in the initial product specification."
The KF-X will be powered by two General Electrics-built F414 engines, variants of which power the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and the Saab Gripen E...
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