22 February 2014

News Story: (South Korea) Air Force backs twin-engine design for indigenous fighter

KFX C-103 Twin Engine Variant (File Photo)
By Kim Eun-jung

SEOUL, Feb. 21 (Yonhap) -- The Air Force has officially expressed its support for a twin-engine concept for the country's indigenous fighter jet development program, saying the design would allow for improved combat capabilities and long-term economic feasibility, officials said Friday.

The move comes amid disagreement over the engine choice for the long-delayed 20 trillion won (US$18.6 billion) project to develop and build some 120 units of F-16 class aircraft to replace the aging fleet of F-4s and F-5s.

KFX C-501 Single Engine Variant (File Photo)
The Defense Acquisition Program Administration is set to open the bidding process for the fighter project so-called KFX in April, with the goal of reaching an agreement with the preferred bidder by November.

While the specific concept and design have not been confirmed yet, pilots and the potential developer have revealed disagreements over the engine.

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