The South Korean company KAI posted a photo of a partially assembled fuselage of the first flight of the prototype of the future fighter KF-X, which is being developed in 2016. As reports Jane’s, the company plans to complete Assembly of the aircraft and its roll-out in April 2021. The first flight of the fighter will be in 2022.
Fighter KF-X is created in single and double versions. The length of the plane will amount to 16.9 meters, the scope of his wing — 11.2 meters, and a height of 4.7 meters. Maximum takeoff weight fighter will account for 25.4 tons. The plane can fly at speeds of up to 1.9 Mach number. Promising fighter receives 10 suspension points for missiles, bombs and a variety of hanging containers.
The development of the fighter is planned to be completed by 2026, after which the Korean military will buy the KF-x South Korean air force plans to purchase 120 new aircraft by 2032. They will replace the F-4 Phantom II and F-5 Freedom Fighter / Tiger II.
Production and modernization of KF-X will be based on the us scheme versions. The first version of the fighter — Block 1 — will be available until 2028. She will receive a limited range of weapons. The Block 2 version will be launched in serial production in 2029. Its combat capabilities will not be limited.
Previously the Korean company Hanwha Systems defended the draft radar with an active phased antenna array for the fighter aircraft KF-X. the Development of this radar is from 2017.