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South Korean fighter tender goes into a controversial phase

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The controversial reports from the South Korean Defense Procurement Agency DAPA and bidders for the purchase of 60 multi-purpose fighters for the South Korean Air Force worth 7,3 billion dollars create a somewhat confusing picture, reports defenseindustrydaily.com on August 19.


18 August DAPA stated that the Typhoon European fighter was missing at the auction due to procedural irregularities, but EADS has denied this message. At the same time, the American company Lockheed Martin did not admit defeat, stating that this is a “standard procedure” and the competition for F-35 is not over yet. All this requires clearer explanations from all parties involved in the tender.

16 August, South Korean media reported that the Boeing F-15 Silent Eagle and EADS Eurofighter Typhoon fighters remained in the competition, who were able to meet the budget of the tender and reached the final of the competition. DAPA limited itself to a vague message that only one bidder meets the financial conditions of the tender, but Yonhap news agency claimed that Lockheed Martin F-35 dropped out of the competition due to going beyond the budget. The Korea Times newspaper quoted an unnamed "source from industry" that F-15 Silent Eagle and Eurofighter Typhoon remained in the competition, between which an "interesting fight" would unfold.

DAPA does not force events and decided not to buy fighters at this stage, but this is fraught with the loss of the tender budget. It is reported that the agency's request to increase the budget was rejected. Among the cars presented at the competition, Typhoon is the best fighter of air superiority, but the F-15 Silent Eagle has a much larger range of weapons used and better meets the requirements of multi-functionality. As expected, the versatility and prospects for upgrading the existing F-15K fighter aircraft of the South Korean Air Force to the Silent Eagle level (although without installing an electric remote control system and canted keels) can give Boeing good chances for victory.
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  1. Grigorich 1962
    Grigorich 1962 21 August 2013 10: 35
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    It was necessary for Koreans to take a closer look at our fighters .... and the choice would be obvious .... otherwise the phase of contradictions ... you know ....
    Migi must be taken and Sushki.
    1. svp67
      svp67 21 August 2013 10: 49
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      Quote: Grigorich 1962
      It was necessary for Koreans to take a closer look at our fighters .... and the choice would be obvious .... otherwise the phase of contradictions ... you know ....
      Migi must be taken and Sushki.
      We will not sell. Since: a) South Korea is the "fiefdom" of the United States. b) China - "won't understand" ...
    2. sir.jonn
      sir.jonn 21 August 2013 12: 02
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      Quote: Grigorich 1962
      It was necessary for Koreans to take a closer look at our fighters .... and the choice would be obvious .... otherwise the phase of contradictions ... you know ....

      Watching !!!
      Everyone looks and licks, like a child at the most delicious candy, but they only understand that the United States will still put sticks in the wheels.

      Regarding the sale of equipment to a potential enemy. The supply of spare parts and components necessary to maintain the equipment in a combat-ready condition puts some dependence on suppliers. This is exactly what we need and this is what potential buyers with a pro-Western orientation are afraid of.

      As you said, the phase of controversy is it not okay.
  2. SmacXnumx
    SmacXnumx 21 August 2013 10: 38
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    Yeah, the Koreans got confused. They would take ours and there would be no misunderstandings
    1. DEfindER
      DEfindER 21 August 2013 14: 57
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      Quote: Smac111
      Yeah, the Koreans got confused.

      They just want to promote them for loot, for bullshit.
      I remember when, after the reunification of Germany, the Germans switched from Mig to Typhoons, cursing the latter as soon as possible .. they don’t make any comparisons with Mig at all, and why was Typhoon called the best fighter of excellence here?
  3. denson06
    denson06 21 August 2013 10: 46
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    Quote: Grigorich 1962
    It was necessary for Koreans to take a closer look at our fighters .... and the choice would be obvious .... otherwise the phase of contradictions ... you know ....
    Migi must be taken and Sushki.

    I agree with the opponent .. and if we introduce their electronics and protective equipment into our birds, then all the exhibits of the competition put together there ..
    However, do not forget that South Korea is a potential enemy ..
  4. slavik_gross
    slavik_gross 21 August 2013 10: 50
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    No older brother gave the green light to our Sushki and Migi ...
  5. Andrew 447
    Andrew 447 21 August 2013 11: 43
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    laughing Let them take it from the Chinese. These grandmothers of the Chinese "know-how" will turn out 3 times more and there are no problems with the "guarantee". If there is anything with the plane, the specialists from China will arrive by car in 3 hours with spare parts, and for service you can drive to China. Solid savings.