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South Korea seeks extra F-35A fighters

15th September 2023 - 01:45 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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South Korea is set to order 25 additional F-35A fighters, on top of the 40 it has already received from the US. (Photo: Gordon Arthur)

South Korea is looking for more F-35A fighters to bolster its fleet, as development of the KF-21 Boramae continues apace.

The US notified of a potential sale of F-35A fighters to South Korea on 13 September, comprising the next phase in the Republic of Korea Air Force’s (ROKAF) F-X fighter programme.

A price tag of $5.06 billion was attached to the Foreign Military Sale of 25 aircraft and related equipment. The Defense Security and Cooperation Agency (DSCA) listed 26 Pratt & Whitney F135-PW-100 engines as part of the potential deal.

It also said the F-35s would include the Block 4 upgrade, which has an improved EO system and can carry more ordnance and more effectively jam enemy radars and electronic equipment.

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

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