Heroux-Devtek Signs on to Develop Landing Gear for South Korea’s 4.5th-Gen Fighter Jet

By Juliet Van Wagenen | August 30, 2016
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[Avionics Today 08-30-2016] Aerospace manufacturer Heroux-Devtek has signed a long-term contract with Hanwha Corp. of the Republic of Korea to jointly design and develop the landing gear system for the KF-X fighter aircraft.

The South Korean government has contracted Korea Aerospace Industry (KAI) to develop the KF-X, a 4.5th generation fighter, while Héroux-Devtek and Hanwha are developing the aircraft’s landing gear system for KAI. Based on current program expectations, mass production should start in 2023 and the first production aircraft should be delivered in 2026 with KAI expecting to produce 120 fighters by 2032.

This contract follows a memorandum of agreement with Hanwha, announced on Feb. 17. Engineering work has already begun and will be spread out over several years.

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