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Monday, January 5, 2015

Peek the design of Indonesia and South Korea collaboration fighter jets

The specification of the KFX/IFX (a 4.5th generation fighter jet as the results of cooperation between Indonesia and South Korea) could be different between that Indonesia and South Korea, although the physical design was final.

"A series of talks has been done despite the physical design has been established. The model can be seen at the Indo Defence 2014," said Deputy Manager of KFX/IFX Program, Korea Aerospace Industry, Hwang Sung, on the Indo Defence 2014 in Jakarta on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.
The KFX/IFX fighter jets. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1KbBlQf)
He also did not disclose the types of technology which is said will be the "future" technology and will be distributed to Indonesia. About this, an aviation technology experts, Dr. Mulyo Widodo on the end of 2013 has stated, "Although some (technology) is still being sought, we believe Korea can achieve it. They have a clear roadmap in the development of fighter jets. They've started with KT-1, then T-50, TA-50 and thereafter: FA-50. Moreover, they also have dozens of NASA and USAF veteran who could became the place to ask and they are now lecturers at several universities," he said.
The KFX/IFX fighter jets model in the KAI both at the Indo Defence 2014. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1tIRNT1)
The KFX/IFX Program was initiated by South Korean President (at the time), Kim Dae-jung, in 2001, still in the financing development stage despite composition agreement between Indonesia and South Korea have been determined in the financing contribution ie 20 versus 80. In total, based on the negotiations the two governments , will be made 120 units of KFX/IFX. Hwang also unwilling to answer, whether the composition of the "financing contribution" 20:80 will determine the technical specifications of KFX/IFX fighter jets which will be owned by Indonesia and South Korea. 

About the physical form of KFX/IFX fighter jets, the real physical design and scale models could be seen on the KAI booth at the Indo Defence 2014. In the visible, the physical form is very similar to the F-22 Raptor; where it has two engines with double upright wings and cockpit design and the front part of the fuselage similar, even in the weaponry bays of its compartment hidden. It also helps the grasp of its radar cross section to be very minimal. Similar technology commonly found on the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lighting II.

The specification differences, he said, could at some point depending on the needs of each unit owner-generation fighter aircraft that predicted has an advanced stealth technology and performance capabilities complement of Dassault Rafale (France), Eurofighter Typhoon, although still under Lockheed Martin F-35 Lighting II.
He said, the determination of the type and source of avionics devices, for example, is still undecided. Many ambition who want to be implanted in the body KFX/IFX, among them mastery of stealth technology, which in some limited types of combat aircraft could be alleviated by the application of a particular paint that can absorb radar waves exposure.

Hwang very confident that Indonesia remains at its founding to realizing the KFX/IFX fighter jets up to full operation. When asked why the manifestations since the idea rolled out take a long time, he said, "Eurofighter Typhoon also takes a long time to be fully operational." *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES]
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