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Korea's KF-21 fighter makes progress but Indonesian involvement still in arrears

6th January 2023 - 13:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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The third prototype of the KF-21 made a 37-minute first flight on 5 January. (Photo: DAPA)

The third prototype of the KF-21 Boramae fighter jet has flown, and supersonic flight will be achieved in Q1 2023. However, the timescale for Indonesia honouring its financial commitments to the programme remains unclear.

On 5 January the third KF-21 Boramae fighter prototype manufactured by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) made its maiden flight, staying in the air for 37 minutes.

Six flying prototypes (four single-seaters and two twin-seaters) and two ground-test airframes have been assembled, and up to three sorties are occurring on a daily basis. The second prototype achieved its maiden flight on 10 November, following the first aircraft taking to the air on 19 July 2022.

The KF-21 is due to achieve supersonic flight in a Q1 flight test, according to Eom Dong-hwan, the government minister in charge of DAPA.

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Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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