South Korea will sign a serial production contract for the KF-21 next year.


South Korea’s state arms procurement agency hopes to sign a contract for the serial production of the domestically-made KF-21 Boramae fighter next year, officials said on Thursday, in what could be a key milestone for the South Korean state arms procurement agency aircraft acquisition project.



During a National Assembly defense committee session, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration briefed lawyers on the development plan, including its push to complete an “interim” combat-readiness test of the aircraft in May. of this year.
According to the plan, DAPA will sign the series production contract in the first half of next year, after conducting a production feasibility study between May and August this year and finalizing the series production plan in December.


According to authorities, the interim combat readiness test has been postponed from November to May as DAPA has “optimized” test and evaluation plans.

The interim test plan was introduced to allow weapons developers to secure production budgets even before prototypes met all combat requirements in an effort to speed up the global production process. The Joint Chiefs of Staff is in charge of testing.


DAPA also told lawyers that it plans to deploy the first KF-21 aircraft in the second half of 2026. The high-profile fighter project has achieved several milestones, including reaching supersonic speeds in January.

Launched in 2015, the KF-21 project, valued at 8.8 trillion won ($6.77 billion), aims to develop a 4.5th-generation fighter to replace the aging fleet of F-4 and F-5 jets. country, awaiting decommissioning after decades of service.

 

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