The prototype phase of the KF-X (Korean Fighter-eXperimental) project, of which Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is the main contractor, has been completed. The prototype fighter aircraft was named the KF-21 Boramae.
Since 2016, 719 Korea-based companies have worked on the development of the KF-21 as part of the KF-X program. More than 30,000 parts used in the prototype aircraft have a 65% indigenous rate. Korea is reportedly developing many equipment with country resources, including Active Phase Indexed Radar (AESA), electro-optical targeting pod and electronic warfare package.
“I express my sincere gratitude to the Indonesian government for trusting Korea’s capability and for being a partner in this joint development project. Until the development is complete and the two countries are ready for mass production to make forays into third-country markets, Korea and Indonesia will work together,” Korean Prime Minister Moon Jae-in said.
Indonesia had pledged to finance 20% of the total development cost, but Indonesia was found to owe hundreds of millions of dollars under the project.
Moon said mass production will begin after final tests, and Korea plans to deploy 40 KF-21s by 2028 and 120 by 2032.