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KAI sets sights on Asia No. 1 in ‘new space’ era

By Kim Byung-wook

Korea‘s sole aircraft manufacturer aims to carve out a niche in satellite biz; KF-X fighter price set at $65m

Published : Apr 4, 2021 - 16:30




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KAI will hold a launching event of the 4.5-generation stealth fighter jet in the second week of this month, according to the CEO.

Starting 2028, KAI will begin the export of the KF-X aircraft based on its competitiveness in price.

“It takes about 100 billion won to 200 billion won to acquire one F-35 fighter jet. Lockheed Martin aims to bring down the price to $80 million per unit, but the maintenance costs are so high that even the US is considering to develop new 4.5 generation fighters or upgrade existing fighters,” said Ryu Kwang-su, head of aircraft program division.

“KAI aims to set the price of KF-X fighter at $65 million with minimized maintenance costs. Our analysis says that such price range will offer KF-X a competitive edge in the global export market.”

By Kim Byung-wook (kbw@heraldcorp.com)

 
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@Bilal9 @Avicenna No need to buy expensive Eurofighter
Hmm if KAI can persuade the BD government or the BAF then maybe we might get this ( also we would need to get more comfortable with the Americans which may not be too good.)

And India may whine like a little B*tch to the Americans if we get this since the KFX uses an American engine
 

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Thanks brother, interest renewed !

Keep us on top of this please. :-)
Welcome brother,

Latest reveal from KAI CEO (29 March)

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What about the maintenance and cost per flight hour?
“KAI aims to set the price of KF-X fighter at $65 million with minimized maintenance costs. Our analysis says that such price range will offer KF-X a competitive edge in the global export market.”

By Kim Byung-wook (kbw@heraldcorp.com)


The AA missile for both BVR and WVR is also targeted to use Korean missile, but initial production (if the program is inshaAllah success) will use Meteor (BVR) and IRIS-T missile (WVR)
 

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By looking on KAI official comparison on F 35, so this plane is intended to target the same market with F35 potential buyer with less cost. The plane has supercruise ability, more agile than F 35 with more combat radius and speed.
 

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Any new images available? I remember a Tweet, who noted it is painted arleady.
 

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Interesting price for sure, lets see how it comes along, it will take 5-7 years from now until it gets to IOC at least..
 

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Any new images available? I remember a Tweet, who noted it is painted arleady.
I dont think at this stage they are going to give any further leak, we just need to wait, inshaAllah the roll out ceremony will happen soon.
 

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