Kf-x prototype will be unveiled next year

According to Yonhap on September 3, South Korea’s defense agency said on September 3 that South Korea Aerospace Industry Corporation began to assemble the new Korean fighter kf-x, and the prototype is expected to appear in the first half of next year. < / P > < p > this is the first time that South Korea started to assemble after five years of R & D since December 2015. After the kf-x prototype is assembled, it will be released to the public in the first half of next year. After that, the South Korean military will conduct five-year ground and flight tests, and strive to complete all research and development work in 2026. According to previous reports, the kf-x project was proposed in 1999. The initial idea was to independently develop the fifth generation fighters of South Korea to replace the existing F-4 and F-5 fighters and seek export. However, after the project was approved, it was difficult to implement the funds. The South Korean side struggled to find a partner. A few years ago, it signed a memorandum of understanding with Indonesia to jointly invest in the research and development of the project. In addition, in April 2015, the U.S. government banned the provision of four core technologies required by the kf-x project to South Korea, namely, active electronic scanning radar, infrared search and rescue system, photoelectric targeting pod and radio frequency jammer technology, which once frustrated the localization process of South Korean fighters. < / P > < p > nearly 30 months after launching the kf-x project of self-developed 5th generation fighter in January 2016, and nearly 8 months after shrinking the kf-x project to the 4th generation target in October 2017. After repeated wind tunnel tests and computational fluid dynamics analysis, the South Korean arms procurement department announced in June 2018 that the preliminary design of the kf-x fighter passed the review. The code of the new design is c-109. “We plan to complete the detailed design work and start the production of prototypes by September 2019,” South Korean Defense Ministry officials said at the time