KAI KF-21 to enter full-production phase

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Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has announced their signing of a USD1.41 billion deal with the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) to kick off production of the next-generation KF-21 fighter aircraft.

The contract covers a total of 20 KF-21s along with follow-up logistics support, including technical manuals and training.

“This contract realises the national aspiration for self-reliant defence by protecting our airspace with our technology”, the company said.

With this contract, the KF-21 will go into full-scale production and become a core asset of the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF).

Just recently, fellow South Korean defence firm Hanwha Aerospace won a USD400 million contract to supply DAPA with 40 F414 engines and spare modules to be installed on KF-21s. In addition, after-sales including on-site technical assistance will be provided.-shp/adj/dl (Pix:DAPA)