ROK Starts KF- 21 Boramae Mass Production in 2024
The Republic of Korea (ROK) defence budget, approved by the country’s parliament, foresees an increase of 4.2 per cent compared to the previous year. ROK will spend approximately $50.2 billion (RM225 billion) in 2024. The budget provides financial support for the mass production of the new KF-21 Boramae in 2024. Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI will deliver the first aircraft in 2026. To this end, the country’s defence budget foresees an expenditure of $201.6 million to prepare the aircraft’s production line. KAI will produce 20 KF-21 units for initial production, down from the previous target of 40 units. So far, the KF-21 has completed 140 flight tests. In addition, the budget also provides for certification expenditure for the Meteor long-range anti-aircraft missile on the aircraft.
The KF-21 aircraft will replace ROK Air Force’s (ROKAF) ageing F-4D/E Phantom II and F-5E/F Tiger II. The 4.5 generation aircraft incorporates AESA technology radar, an infrared search and target detection system and an integrated electronic warfare system. The twin-engine aircraft receives its power from co-developed by General Electric and Hanwha Aerospace F414-GE-400K engines. Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet flies with the F414-GE-400 version.