Fighting Hawk, the KF-2 South Korea's indigenous supersonic jet, is unveiled

Source: The Drive 



South Korea's President Moon Jae-in announced on April 9 that his country had become the world's eighth country to produce a supersonic fighter jet using indigenous technology. About 65 percent of the jet's components are made in the United States.



The KF-21 "Boramae," which refers to "Fighting Hawk," is a next-generation combat aircraft concept designed with indigenous technologies as part of the KF-X program. According to Korea Aerospace Industries, the first flight will take place next year, and construction will be completed in 2026.


According to the announcement, the KF-21 will serve as the "backbone" of the Republic of Korea Air Force, replacing the country's aging fleet of F-4 and F-5 jets. According to Defense News, it's a 4.5-generation aircraft, similar to F-16 fighter jets but less stealthy than Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II.


The two-seat fighter jet would be capable of flying at 1.8 times the sound speed and carrying 7.7 tons of weapons.


 

It would provide the Air Force with a variety of operations, including dogfights, neutralizing ground and sea enemy threats, and long-range strikes on enemy air defenses.


The KF-21's "Integrated Electronic Warfare Equipment" acts to disrupt enemy radar, as is customary in electronic warfare. An "AESA radar" and an "Infrared Search and Track System" are both mounted on the planes to identify foreign aircraft and missiles. Furthermore, the jet's "Electro-Optical Targeting Pod." can quickly identify ground targets.


It's impressive to see countries build and manufacture such amazing jets on their own land, and it'll be fascinating to see how South Korea's KF-21 supersonic fighter plane performs in its upcoming tests.


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