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South Korea began assembling the first flight prototype of a domestic fighter KF-X

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South Korea began assembling the first flight prototype of a domestic fighter KF-X

South Korean company KAI (Korea Aerospace Industries) began assembling the first flight prototype of the promising fighter KF-X. A photograph of a partially assembled fuselage was published by the company's press service.


According to the company, the assembly of the first flight prototype of the promising Korean fighter KF-X should be completed in the spring of 2021, the first rollout of the aircraft is scheduled for April of the same year. The first flight of the prototype fighter is planned for 2022.

The development of the KF-X fighter is carried out jointly with Indonesia. Although it is claimed that work on it started in 2016, it was first announced back in 2001, and Indonesia joined the program in 2010.


Fuselage of the first prototype KF-X

The fighter is created in single and double versions, although previously only single was reported. In terms of aerodynamic layout, this is an almost complete “copy” of the American F-22, but slightly smaller. The aircraft will be 16,9 meters long, with a wingspan of 11,2 meters and a height of 4,7 meters. It is planned to install two engines General Electric F414. Maximum take-off weight is 25,4 tons. Speed ​​- up to 1,9 Mach. 10 suspension points for missiles, bombs and various hanging containers. In the first version - Block 1 - there are no internal compartments, this aircraft will be produced until 2028. The Block 2 version will go into production from 2029. It is stated that the second version will not have restrictions on the nomenclature of weapons.

The development of the fighter will be completed by 2026, the South Korean Air Force plans to acquire 120 new aircraft by 2032. New fighters will replace the obsolete F-4 Phantom II and F-5 Freedom Fighter / Tiger II.
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  1. Victor_B
    Victor_B 9 July 2020 11: 47 New
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    This is a copy, who needs a copy!
    Here the Chinese are copying American planes illegally, and the Koreans (South) can copy as much as possible.
    And outwardly looks pretty.
    1. Zaurbek
      Zaurbek 9 July 2020 11: 52 New
      +4
      If only the design ..... and Koreans are more reverent about copyright, especially American. It is enough to study the development of the production of household and automotive electronics.
      1. Victor_B
        Victor_B 9 July 2020 11: 54 New
        +3
        Quote: Zaurbek
        If only the design ...

        It is planned to install two engines General Electric F414.

        Well, loose stuff on the floor of the plane.
      2. venik
        venik 9 July 2020 16: 19 New
        0
        Quote: Zaurbek
        and Koreans are more sensitive to copyright, especially to American

        ========
        Do not tell! I saw this "reverent attitude": amersky microprocessors stupidly relabeled Koreans! Showed!
    2. svp67
      svp67 9 July 2020 11: 55 New
      +7
      Quote: Victor_B
      This is a copy, who needs a copy!

      It looks interesting, only here about what stealth there can be a speech with such a suspension ...

      And he is very similar, with his Chinese "visa-a-vi" J-31
      1. Grazdanin
        Grazdanin 9 July 2020 12: 08 New
        +7
        Quote: svp67
        And he is very similar

        The laws of physics are one for all.
      2. forpost
        forpost 9 July 2020 18: 47 New
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        but fashionable, Korea is in trend
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  2. sav
    sav 9 July 2020 11: 55 New
    12
    Let's see what happens at the output.
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  3. Kurare
    Kurare 9 July 2020 11: 56 New
    +2
    In the first version - Block 1 - there are no internal compartments, this aircraft will be produced until 2028.

    It somehow even became strange, the KF-X is presented as a 5th generation aircraft, but initially All weapons are planned to be installed on external suspensions.
    1. Grazdanin
      Grazdanin 9 July 2020 12: 09 New
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      Because the first version. Generally heard a lot about Korean aircraft?))
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      2. Kurare
        Kurare 9 July 2020 14: 02 New
        +3
        Quote: Grazdanin
        Because the first version. Generally heard a lot about Korean aircraft?))

        Sounds like an excuse! The first series is not a plane, but the second ... And in general, Koreans do not understand anything in aircraft construction.

        How many fifth generation aircraft have you (and not you) seen that are not created as the fifth generation?
        1. Grazdanin
          Grazdanin 9 July 2020 16: 11 New
          -1
          Before whom to otmazyvatsya? They are building the plane they need for their theater, and not for the fact that VO commentators recognized it as a 5th generation aircraft. He is rather FA18E, for their theater is a great solution, look at the replacement of which aircraft is being made. They will overpower this aircraft and begin to design another one, most likely in the image of the F35.
    2. svp67
      svp67 9 July 2020 12: 10 New
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      Quote: Kurare
      , but initially they plan to install all weapons on external suspensions.

      Not all...
      1. Kurare
        Kurare 9 July 2020 14: 04 New
        +2
        Quote: svp67
        Not all...

        And now in the text of the article:
        In the first version - Block 1 - no internal compartments.

        A question for filling: there are no internal compartments, where will “not all” weapons be located inside the glider?
        1. svp67
          svp67 9 July 2020 14: 07 New
          +1
          Quote: Kurare
          The question is filled up: there are no internal compartments, where will “not all” weapons be placed inside the glider?

          So in the photo there are no internal compartments, but there are "half-sunken" in the case.
          1. Kurare
            Kurare 9 July 2020 14: 09 New
            +3
            The semi-recessed location of course reduces the EPR and drag, but this is not a sign of the so-called 5th generation. A similar arrangement is used on aircraft of previous generations, such as the MiG-31.
            1. svp67
              svp67 9 July 2020 14: 10 New
              +2
              Quote: Kurare
              but this is not a sign of the so-called 5th generation.

              I will not argue that there is
              1. Kurare
                Kurare 9 July 2020 14: 12 New
                +1
                Quote: svp67
                I will not argue that there is

                ...I agree. But what is - sincerely surprising! hi
                1. svp67
                  svp67 9 July 2020 14: 16 New
                  +4
                  Quote: Kurare
                  But what is - sincerely surprising!

                  What surprises me more is why is it not F-35? Well, how many "stealth" Republic of Korea? Two or three dozen ... for the sake of this, there are so many costs ... Somehow all this is not entirely clear, especially against the obviously weaker enemy in air terms, which is the DPRK
                  1. Kurare
                    Kurare 9 July 2020 14: 58 New
                    +6
                    If you look at the history of the development of South Korea over the past years, that way 20-30 is just a giant leap. In shipbuilding (tankers, dry cargo ships, etc.) they strangle everyone. Electronics is a world class. Well, etc. Apparently the goal was to create their own aircraft industry and in the future to create competition for this type of “goods”.

                    And no one can blame the Koreans that the state subsidizes its own aviation industry, since military aircraft do not fall into this category. Those. such a showdown between Boeing and Airbus will in principle not take place.
                  2. Grazdanin
                    Grazdanin 9 July 2020 16: 18 New
                    -2
                    They have a sea-view mountain and a theater of war, therefore, a twin-engine aircraft is primarily needed. Need a fighter-bomber. Therefore, external pendants. They need a plane like the Mig 29 or FA18E. So they do. They have already purchased F35, why do what is already there? Secondly, you can.
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    4. The leader of the Redskins
      The leader of the Redskins 9 July 2020 13: 23 New
      +2
      I’m trying to present a “quick and mirror” response from North Korea, but I can’t!)) laughing
      1. svp67
        svp67 9 July 2020 14: 10 New
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        Quote: Leader of the Redskins
        I’m trying to present a “quick and mirror” response from North Korea, but I can’t!))

        They will invent some kind of anti-aircraft system ...
      2. forpost
        forpost 9 July 2020 19: 01 New
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        for a long time ... noson, hwason, taphodon laughing bully
      3. bayard
        bayard 9 July 2020 21: 05 New
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        Quote: Leader of the Redskins
        I’m trying to present a “quick and mirror” response from North Korea, but I can’t!))

        A few additional divisions of ballistic and aeroballistic missiles, and about specularity - several dozen J-31s from China.
      4. pytar
        pytar 9 July 2020 23: 11 New
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        I’m trying to present a “quick and mirror” response from North Korea, but I can’t!))

        Damned amperialists, tremble!

        The most important aviator of the universe, the invincible Kim Jong!
    5. Herman 4223
      Herman 4223 9 July 2020 14: 57 New
      +1
      Koreans present it as 4,5.
  4. APASUS
    APASUS 9 July 2020 12: 07 New
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    In terms of aerodynamic layout, this is an almost complete “copy” of the American F-22, but a bit smaller. The length of the aircraft will be 16,9 meters, its wingspan - 11,2 meters, and height - 4,7 meters. It is planned to install two engines General Electric F414. Maximum take-off weight is 25,4 tons. Speed ​​- up to 1,9 Mach. 10 suspension points for missiles, bombs and various hanging containers.

    What is the point of copying the F-22 with its terrain inconspicuous for radars, if all the weapons are located on the suspension?
    1. Zeev
      Zeev zeev 9 July 2020 14: 33 New
      +4
      The point is that the aerodynamic design is good.
      1. APASUS
        APASUS 9 July 2020 16: 39 New
        +2
        Quote: ZeevZeev
        The point is that the aerodynamic design is good.

        The whole aerodynamic design is confused by the "stealth" technology! All weapons that hang on the suspension level all stealth, then what are the advantages of this scheme, why bother
  5. Pavel57
    Pavel57 9 July 2020 12: 11 New
    +2
    Americans are selling their projects - Lockheed sold the F-16 variant, which became the F-2 in Japan.
    The Koreans also have Lockheed cooperation on a training aircraft.

    Maybe here without Lockheed could not have done.
    1. NEOZ
      NEOZ 9 July 2020 13: 03 New
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      Quote: Pavel57
      Maybe here without Lockheed could not have done.

      100% is a lockhide project !!!
  6. Doccor18
    Doccor18 9 July 2020 12: 27 New
    +3
    the first version - Block 1 - there are no internal compartments, this aircraft will be produced until 2028

    That is, from 2001 to 2028, and this is also the 4th generation. All weapons on external sling. Pride is only for what they themselves do, although the engine, again, is not its own ...
  7. Grazdanin
    Grazdanin 9 July 2020 12: 36 New
    +2
    This aircraft is most correctly compared with F / A-18E / F. For a theater of South Korea and designated tasks, the best option. The next plane will be closer to the F35. Aircraft like F22 are not popular, except that in Russia they make a similar airplane.
  8. rocket757
    rocket757 9 July 2020 12: 39 New
    -1
    What is the main message?
    Themselves with a mustache, they say, do not want to depend on anyone.
    Although the engines are imported, but dashing trouble began.
    Stuff with their electronics and ala hoo, at the wine stores ... or where else they need it.
    1. NEOZ
      NEOZ 9 July 2020 12: 58 New
      -6
      Quote: rocket757
      Themselves with a mustache, they say, do not want to depend on anyone.

      want is not harmful.
      Quote: rocket757
      Although the engines are imported, but dashing trouble began.

      didn't start at all ...
      Quote: rocket757
      Stuff with their electronics and ala ulu

      if the Americans allow ....
      Quote: rocket757
      or where else they need it.

      where the Americans say - there it is!
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 9 July 2020 13: 20 New
        +1
        Quote: NEOZ
        where the Americans say - there it is!

        Everything has its time.
        Some feel quite comfortable under the wing of a striped vulture, but .... as always, it is BUT.
        Let's see how it goes further.
  9. Scipio
    Scipio 9 July 2020 12: 40 New
    +4
    Surprised that they still have phantoms and tigers
    1. NEOZ
      NEOZ 9 July 2020 12: 55 New
      -3
      Quote: Scipio
      Surprised that they still have phantoms and tigers

      like Japan ... the United States does not give its colonies serious military capabilities .... otherwise the colony may become independent!
    2. Krasnodar
      Krasnodar 9 July 2020 12: 56 New
      +6
      So, their potential adversary is based on the Soviet MIG-23 and Mig-21, as well as their Chinese clones. The newest is about 70 Mig-29 and Su-25. (the latter still has about 100 Chinese clones). There are still 80 IL-28s - Soviet and Chinese
      South Korea has about 120 F-16s and 60 F-15s in service, which is enough to gain air supremacy.
      The rest is enough for an attack.
    3. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh 9 July 2020 16: 22 New
      +2
      They have already received 16-20 F-35s (I don’t know exactly). And until the end of 2021 it is planned to get all 40, if the virus does not interfere
  10. Kostadinov
    Kostadinov 9 July 2020 15: 57 New
    0
    Quote: Leader of the Redskins
    I’m trying to present a “quick and mirror” response from North Korea, but I can’t!)) laughing

    In 2025 you will see.
  11. Dmitry Makarov
    Dmitry Makarov 10 July 2020 00: 58 New
    0
    So they don’t know how to make airplanes, looking at their gliders, it feels like trying to teach a bear to skate.
    Guys-Koreans, Americans, Chinese and the rest for today ... this is not yours, forget about aviation - born to crawl, can’t fly.
    We Russians do not meddle in your dirty deeds.
  12. Dmitry Makarov
    Dmitry Makarov 11 July 2020 10: 42 New
    0
    At one time, Detroit collapsed - and this is Ford, Chrysler, Generalmotors. In its place, but in another country, Hyundai, Kia, and Daewoo arose.
    So I'm starting to worry about something for American aircraft manufacturers.