KAI presents a promising model of the naval version of its KF-21 Boramae fighter

While everything led to believe a few weeks ago that Seoul had abandoned the idea of ​​acquiring an aircraft carrier, the declarations of the South Korean Chief of Staff, General Kim Seung-kyum, on 19 September, gave new impetus to this ambition. Not only was the program not abandoned, but Seoul would now consider acquiring a more imposing ship, in the order of 60.000 tons, with the possibility of relying on a foreign partner to carry out the building. In addition, where the initial CVX was to implement 16 American F-35Bs, the new South Korean ship could, for its part, carry a naval version of the new ...

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The future South Korean aircraft carrier could be much larger than expected, and equipped with catapults

The least we can say is that the South Korean aircraft carrier program does not lack twists and turns. In October 2019, the South Korean Chief of Staff, General Park Han-ki, announced that the administration of President Moon Jae-In had approved the construction of two 30.000-ton aircraft carriers capable of carrying out F-35B combat aircraft, a vertical or short take-off and landing version of the famous Lockheed-Martin aircraft, used in particular by the US Marines Corps but also the Royal Air Force, the Japanese air self-defense forces and the Italian naval aeronautics. A year later, in 2020, there was no longer any question of 2 aircraft carriers…

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South Korea launches development of family of stealth combat drones

Long largely dependent on Western military equipment, in particular American and German, South Korea undertook, some twenty years ago, to develop rapidly and with great ambitions its own defense industry. In recent years, Seoul has reaped the laurels of its investments, not only by having increased its strategic autonomy in a spectacular way with the development of new high-performance equipment such as the Seijong le Grand class destroyers, the Dosan Anh Changho submarines or the systems K9 artillery, but also by multiplying the successes on the international scene, which is nevertheless very competitive, of which the recent super-contract signed with Warsaw represents…

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Nearing its first flight, South Korea's KF-21 Boramae could prove the successful antithesis of Western combat aircraft programs

With more than 550 fighter jets in its inventory, the South Korean air force ranks 7th among the world's air forces according to this criterion, yielding sixth place to its northern neighbor by only a few dozen aircraft. However, and like North Korea, Pakistan or even India which precedes it, South Korea still aligns a large number of old generation aircraft, including 156 F-5 Tiger II and 69 F4 Phantom II. Faced with the worsening of international tensions, but also with the strengthening of the nuclear strike capabilities of its neighbor and hereditary enemy since…

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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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South Korea to develop its own maritime transport and patrol aircraft

According to the South Korean news agency Yonhap, quoting the executive vice president of KAI, the South Korean aircraft manufacturer has obtained from DAPA, the country's armament program development agency, the green light to develop a medium transport aircraft program to replace the majority of the C-130 and C-235 in service with the country's air and naval forces, for transport missions, but also for maritime patrol. The timetable, the budget envelope and the performance of the device concerned have not yet been communicated, but KAI announced last year that such a project would require 7 years of work and 2,7 $bn for…

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Will Japan, South Korea and Turkey capture the 5G medium fighter market?

Since the end of the Second World War, 3 countries have traditionally shared the light fighter market in the West: Great Britain (Vampire, Gnat, Harrier), France (Mystère IV, Mirage III/F1/2000, Super- standard) and the United States (F86 Saber, F104 Starfighter, F16). Surprisingly, for nearly 30 years, Great Britain and France seem to have definitively turned towards the medium and heavy fighter market, with the Tornado, Typhoon and Tempest on one side, and the Rafale and SCAF on the other. The same is true when in the United States, which is content to modernize the F16 platform which continues however to prance at the top of sales in the…

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Aircraft carriers, anti-missile systems, combat aircraft: Seoul reveals its ambitions for the coming decade

Unlike the Europeans, South Korea has never neglected its defense investments, including during the period following the collapse of the Soviet bloc and which was characterized by a rapprochement between the West and China. It must be said that with a neighbor like North Korea accused of developing a military nuclear program as early as 1989, Seoul, also within range of North Korean artillery, has never really known a period of calm, to take advantage “Benefits of Peace” dear to European leaders in the 90s and 2000s. And in fact, South Korea today has an armed force of…

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