Poland announced its intentions to participate in the KF-21 project
By Boyko Nikolov on December 9, 2022
WARSAW ($1=4.43 Polish Zlotys) — “I will be happy if we can participate in the Korean KF-21 fighter project,” said Mr. Sebastian Hwawek, head of PGZ, the largest state organization of the defense industry in Poland.
“If we establish a production line for KF-21 components in Poland, we will be able to offer sales strongly to our neighbors as part of the European Union,” Mr. Hwawek said in an exclusive interview with a Polish magazine on March 29. Thus, for the first time, a high-ranking Polish official officially announced his intention to participate in the South Korean KF-21 project.
After the decision to purchase the K2 tank, the K9 self-propelled howitzer, the K239 multi-barrel rocket launcher, and the FA-50 light attack aircraft, KF-21 Poland is likely to become an important partner for the entry of the KF-21 into the European market.
KF-21 first fly
The KF-21, which successfully made its first flight in July, is being developed in partnership with Indonesia, but Indonesia is at loggerheads with South Korea over paying only a fraction of its promised development contributions. PGZ, which has 31 defense companies, is negotiating with local companies for the local production of weapons that are slated to be exported to Poland.
A Director of Arms Policy at the Ministry of Defense in charge of arms procurement for the Polish Army said in an interview with the Polish Ministry of Defense on March 28, “Establishing a consortium or joint venture for Korean weapons in Poland will help boost the Polish regional economy and reducing long-distance transportation costs. Through strong industrial partnerships and cooperation, Poland can become a hub for the production and support of Korean weapons.”
The launch ceremony of the KF-21, the production of the first part of which began in February 2019, took place on April 9, 2021. After the first prototype, which was completed in about 2.5 years, the first flight was made in July 2022 .and after a successful flight, the KF-21 proved itself.
In addition, the South Korean armed forces also require an aircraft carrier model, and in this context, Korea Aerospace Industries [KAI] is working on a new model called the KF-21N. In addition to the folding-type wing structure, the landing gear suitable for the catapult and the launch system is some of the new features added to the KF-21 in response to the requirements of the Korean Navy. Among the information announced in the introduction is that it is suitable for CATOBAR and STOBAR tracks.
The KF-21, a 4.5 generation fighter, is expected to fly at a maximum speed of Mach 1.81, a range of 2,900 km, and a weight of 7,700 kg. The fighter will contain 10 missile stations and fuel tanks. It will also be able to carry a variety of air-to-air missiles, including the Meteor.