Malon pada iri tu berita taon berapa?South Korea's combat aircraft requirement draws out advanced proposals from Western fighter houses
A Saab proposal to co-develop a stealth fighter with South Korea is raising the prospect of an Asian-European aircraft emerging to compete with the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning.
The South Korean project to build an advanced combat aircraft alternatively offers to fund developments of the Eurofighter Typhoon or to help sustain Boeing's waning fighter business, but there is also a strong chance that the ambitious program will collapse into yet another F-35 order.
Saab is pitching a new design for a supercruising stealth fighter to South Korea, as well offering the possibility of joining the Gripen next-generation program (AW&ST June 30, p. 42).
Boeing is putting forward developments of the F-15, including reviving a 1990s concept without tail fins, and it has also offered a new fighter design.
EADS is pushing developments of the Typhoon beyond the Tranche 3 standard, and also flagging the opportunity of participating in its combat drone project. It may also have submitted a clean-sheet-of-paper fighter concept.
Lockheed Martin meanwhile is telling Seoul that the F-35 Lightning will meet its needs. That's not surprising, since it has no business interest in supporting South Korean ambitions to co-develop a stealth fighter, which would surely become an F-35 competitor.
The diverse range of offerings from the four manufacturers reflects uncertainty in South Korea itself over combat aircraft development. The air force wants an advanced fighter, but various factions in the government, industry and military are debating whether the country should fill that requirement by buying off the shelf or by taking part in development of a new aircraft or major derivative.
The country has two substantive fighter requirements, F-X Phase III for 60 aircraft and then F-XX for 120. It also has a parallel domestic stealth fighter development program, KFX. The F-XX requirement calls for fifth-generation aircraft, so the hope is that KFX will fill that need through a joint program between South Korean and foreign industry, with the latter carrying up to 30% of the development cost.
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S. Korea, Indonesia agreed to develop fighter jets
SEOUL, July 15 (Xinhua)-- South Korea and Indonesia on Thursday agreed to join hands in developing fighter jets.
Indonesia will shoulder 20 percent of the development costs in the multi-million dollar KF-X program and purchase about 50 fighter jets when mass production begins, South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said.
The two sides will also cooperate in production and marketing.
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak signed a letter of intent for the joint development project when he visited Indonesia in March last year, laying the foundation for the tie-up.
The KF-X program aims to secure multi-purpose fighter jets, on par with KF-16 fighters, to replace ageing F-4 and F-5 fighters, currently operated by the air force in South Korea.
The program is expected to create jobs for approximately 70,000 people, vitalize the local economy and enhance the brand value of the country's aviation industry, the DAPA said.