First flight this month, mass Production in 2026: KF-21 getting ready to Strengthen ROK

KF-21 Boramae

4 Years More KF-21 Boramae Expected to Enter Mass Production to Strengthen Indonesian and South Korean militaries. In 2028 ROK will receive the first batch of 40 KF-21s.

The news about the KF-21 Boramae is certainly hot news, especially for the Indonesian and South Korean public . Indonesia is known to have taken part in the development of the KF-21 Boramae. Indonesia’s contribution in the development of the KF-21 Boramae shows that Jakarta has great potential in the development of military defense equipment.

After last year’s KF-21 Boramae prototype was launched to the public, of course, this year is expected to experience rapid progress. Recetly they tested the engine also.

Therefore, it is not surprising that the engineers who took part in the development of the KF-21 Boramae accelerated assembly and so on. This was done to prepare for the first flight test of the KF-21 Boramae. Yes, in late 2022 the KF-21 Boramae is proclaimed to be able to fly for the first time.

The Indonesian and South Korean KF-21 Boramae flight trials must of course be prepared carefully. Therefore, before carrying out a flight test, the KF-21 Boramae must pass a series of ground tests first. For example, the test engine used on the KF-21 Boramae. It is known that the KF-21 Boramae uses the GE 414 engine which was tested.

KF-21 F414-GE-400k engine test
KF-21 F414-GE-400k engine test

Previously it was reported that the engine used by the KF-21 Boramae was similar to the US F-35A. Regarding the inaugural flight test that is ready to be carried out by the KF-21 Boramae, KAI itself said that it would be soon. Because the KF-21 Boramae is planned to be in the air between July or September this year. However it may face delay because of Ukraine Russia war.

But if everything go according to plan in just a matter of weeks or months, the KF-21 Boramae will carry out its first flight test. SAlready the KF-21 Boramae engine itself has been tested and is running.

However, even though the KF-21 Boramae fighter jet engine is running, the KF-21 test flight is targeting 2,200 sorties over the next four years. This will be done in a way that gradually increases altitude, flight distance, and takeoff weight.

After the initial flight test, it will be checked whether high-speed maneuvers and sudden turns are performed normally even after loading various weapons and equipment, such as missiles, and whether there are abnormalities in the operation of the weapons systems. For the first both Indonesia and South Korea making an fighter aircraft so it will be not easy for them to build everything so smoothly even though most of components are from the west and proven like the engines and armaments. However, most of the avionics used in KF-21 are locally made.

South korea KF-21
South korea and Indonesia KF-21

In addition, while test flights are in progress, ground tests continue to maximize performance by catching even the smallest faults in the equipment installed on the KF-21. However, if you look at the report on June 28, 2022, the Indonesian and South Korean KF-21 Boramae will be tested flying in July 2022.

” Our military’s first domestic fighter plane ‘ KF-21 Boramae ‘ will make its first flight on the 22nd of next month,” wrote Korean media in its article.

Of course, this is very good news for South Korea. Because soon the KF-21 Boramae will carry out a flight test. It turns out that China has also highlighted the Indonesian and South Korean KF-21 Boramae .

One of them is the Chinese media, namely who is monitoring the development of the KF-21 Boramae. The Chinese media reports indicate that the existence of the KF-21 Boramae is highly anticipated by the South Korean Air Force . And the KF-21 Boramae project is also very important for South Korea.

“It is reported that the KF-21 fighter jet was born from the Korean Air Force’s KF-X advanced fighter jet project and was developed by the Korea Aerospace Industries Corporation. In April last year,

Former South Korean President Moon Jae-in named the KF-X fighter the KF-21. As the first high-performance fighter aircraft developed by South Korea, the South Korean government attaches great importance to it.”

According to data disclosed by the South Korean military, the KF-21 fighter has a maximum flight speed of about Mach 1.8 and a armamemts load of 7.7 tons which is slightly low with two engines. French Rafale is small but still can carry more than 9tons of ammunition.

The KF-21 Boramae is also claimed to be equipped with two F414 engines supplied by United States General Electric while avionics equipment are jointly developed by South Korea and European countries. It will be equipped with active phased array radar and electro-optical targeting pod. In terms of weapons, it can be compatible with American and European air-to-air missiles.

KF-21 AESA radar
KF-21 AESA radar

“Perhaps the biggest attraction of the KF-21 fighter jet is its body shape, which is very similar to the US Air Force’s F-22 fighter jet and is considered by foreign media to be a smaller F-22 fighter jet.”

If all testing on the KF-21 Boramae is completed then, the Korean Falcon fighter will certainly enter mass production.

Well, according to Korean media reports it was explained that 4 years from now the KF-21 Boramae is planned to enter mass production. And two years later the KF-21 Boramae was able to strengthen the South Korean Air Force.

“According to the ROK Air Force’s plan, after the successful first flight, the KF-21 fighter jet will enter the mass production and installation stage in 2026.

In 2028, AU ROK will receive the first batch of 40 KF-21s. KF-21 fighter jet to replace the old F-4 in active service.”

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