The South Korean KF-21 'Boramae' fighter aircraft project has entered its test stage and the full-scale flight performance verification with all six prototypes will begin in October 2022.
Korean-Indonesian joint development fighter jet has completed the initial soundness test using prototype No. 1, and is undergoing field expansion tests. Prototype Units 2 to 6 are scheduled to be put into flight tests sequentially from October 2022.
The flight test consists of initial soundness, domain expansion, performance verification, armament compatibility, and military operational compatibility. It is planned to confirm and verify performance at each stage, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) which is sperheading the project along with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) made the announcement today at an event to commemorate the successful first flight of the KF-21 held earlier this year.
The KF-21 is scheduled to undergo test and evaluation until 2026 after performing about 2,000 flight tests to complete system development.
The success of the first flight of the Korean fighter means that safe flight and take- off and landing besides flying with the landing gear folded are confirmed, DAPA said.
Minister of National Defense Lee Jong-seop attended a ceremony celebrating the success of the first flight of a Korean fighter (KF-21, Boramae) held at the Air Force's 3rd Training Wing ( Sacheon) today.
“I am grateful to KAI, DAPA, the Air Force, development partners, academia and research institutes for their dedication to the development of the KF-21 for the past 20 years. It is expected to play a major role in deterring the North Korean nuclear threat,” he said.
This commemorative event was was also attended by an Indonesian government delegation including Deputy Minister of Defense Mohammed Herindra besides officials from development partners such as KAI.
The success of the development of the Korean fighter plane means that the Air Force is one step closer to performing everything from training to airspace protection with domestic aircraft.
In addition, the KF-21 is expected to secure international competitiveness and provide a foundation to participate in overseas fighter development and performance improvement projects.