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KF-X Fighter: Korea’s Future Homegrown Jet

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Will the North Koreans try to go for even a modest number of J-31, somehow, as a result of this? Would China be willing to sell it to them?
N.Korea focused on Missiles to hit every military/strategic targets in S.Korea

no need Pilots , no need spending $ billions of dollars for cost of operation and maintenance


100 KFX and 40 F-35A = $10 billion .... ( also to spend $20 billion for cost of operation and maintenance in 30 years )

N.Korea can produce 10.000 Ballistic and Cruise Missiles for $10 billion to turn S.Korea into dark age , including airbases and jet hangars
 
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N.Korea focused on Missiles to hit every military/strategic targets in S.Korea

no need Pilots , no need spending $ billions of dollars for cost of operation and maintenance


100 KFX and 40 F-35 A = $10 billion .... ( also to spend $20 billion for cost of operation and maintenance in 30 years )

N.Korean can produce 10.000 Ballistic and Cruise Missiles to turn S.Korea into dark age , including airbases and jet hangars
That’s true; an asymmetrical response
 

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So it seems that Indonesia has not paid more than 20% of what it owes to South Korea for it's partnership in the KF-21 Boramae program..

South Korea has officially named the Korea Aircraft Industries (KAI) KF-X fighter as the KF-21 Boramae (Young Hawk) in a rollout ceremony for the first prototype aircraft on April 9. The event was attended by South Korean president Moon Jae In, and also by Indonesia’s defense minister, Prabowo Subianto, despite the uncertainty of the Southeast Asian country’s status in the fighter program.

A full-scale mock-up of the KF-X was unveiled in 2019, and KAI has released a number of images as the first aircraft went through the assembly process. The prototype, serial no. 001, was unveiled with both Korean and Indonesian flags. During a light show as part of the ceremony, KAI also projected the flags of potential customer countries that the company is courting, including Iraq, Malaysia, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Senegal, and Thailand.

Prabowo held a meeting with his South Korean counterpart, Suh Wook, on April 8 to further discuss the KF-X program, although Korean media reported following the meeting that no progress had been made.

Indonesia initially agreed to pay 20 percent, or about $1.55 billion, of the total program cost, but it has only paid $203.4 million of the $744.4 million due in February, citing financial problems. It has also been reported that Jakarta is keen on getting its hands on the Dassault Rafale or Boeing F-15EX to fulfill its air defense requirements in the near term.

Officially at least, Korea remains hopeful that Indonesia remains a partner. "I believe Minister Prabowo's visit for the KF-X rollout ceremony means Indonesia's strong commitment to a successful defense cooperation between the two countries," Moon told the media.


Eight KF-21 prototypes are to be built, six for airborne tests and two for ground tests. Serial production is due to start by 2026. Moon commented that 40 examples are due to have been produced by 2028, and 120 by 2032.
 

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So it seems that Indonesia has not paid more than 20% of what it owes to South Korea for it's partnership in the KF-21 Boramae program..
Yup, but we still keep sending our design engineers until the completion on KFX/IFX detail design in around late 2019. By doing so we jeopardize our own program and Indonesian team has participated since 2011 which is the start of development phase.

This is why when they get back home since March 2020 and there is some sentiment to go out from KFX/IFX program, the Indonesian planner has made quite ambitious program until 2024.

Number of Indonesian engineers (designers) as of July 2019


"Despite such a delay in payment, the Indonesian side has continued to send its researchers to South Korea to take part in the development process," Rep. Kim Joong-ro of the minor opposition Bareunmirae Party said during a parliamentary audit into the administration, voicing concern about technology leaks.

As of July, 114 Indonesian engineers were sent to South Korea to work with Korea Aerospace Industries Co. (KAI), the country's sole aircraft manufacturer, to design and make a prototype of the fighter, according to a DAPA official.


Indonesian Aerospace plan 2020-2024

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Plus this one

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Indonesian enginners are reported by Korea media (Yonhap) to get back in second semester this year as Indonesian seems now is more serious in continuing the project compared to what happened during 2020.
 

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