Taiwan is also developing a new fighter inspired by the American F-35

Whether you like Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lighting II stealth fighter or not, it is clear that the American aircraft has inspired many programs around the world since it entered service. We already knew the South Korean K-FX program with the KF-21 Boramae presented last year, the Turkish TF-X program which today is encountering major difficulties following Western sanctions, or even the Japanese FX, which today seems to be getting closer to the British Tempest. Beyond the Western sphere, there is little doubt that the Lighting II inspired the future Chinese J-35 which will equip the aircraft carriers of Beijing, while the program…

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Is South Korea's New KF-21 Boramae a Successful Joint Strike Fighter?

Only twelve years after having carried out the first risk analysis, and less than two years after having begun its assembly, the first prototype of the South Korean KF-21 combat aircraft program, previously designated KFX program and officially baptized Bomamae (falcon ) during this ceremony, was officially presented this Friday in Seoul in front of a delegation of more than 250 South Korean and foreign officials. It must be said that everything in this program is exceptional, so far at least. While only 30 years ago, the South Korean aeronautical industry was still barely in its infancy, it has managed the feat of developing in just over…

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K-FX: General Electric delivers first F414 engine for future South Korean fighter

GE Aviation announced that it delivered the first F414-400K engine to South Korea in May. A first series of 15 F414 must indeed be delivered by the end of 2021 in order to be used to propel the six prototypes of the future South Korean stealth fighter, the KF-X, whose first flight is expected for 2023. Developed by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), the KF-X is to replace the last F-5 Tiger II and F-4 Phantom II still in service with the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF). General Electric motors are regulars on Korean programs. Indeed, the F414 is a derivative more…

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