Mass production of South Korea's KF-X fighter expected to begin by 2023
LONGUEUIL, Que.— Héroux-Devtek Inc. has finalized a contract with South Korean’s Hanwha Corp. for landing gear design and development work on an under-development fighter aircraft.
After signing a Memorandum of Agreement with Hanwha earlier this year, the Canadian company said Aug. 30 it has locked in the deal and begun engineering work for South Korean’s home-grown KF-X fighter program.
“The signature of this long-term contract confirms our participation on a new program that expands our global reach in the landing gear market,” Martin Brassard, the company’s vice-president and COO, said.
Korea Aerospace Industry is leading development on the Generation 4.5 fighter, while the South Korean government contracted Hanwha to provide the landing gear. Mass production of the aircraft is expected to begin in 2023, while at least 120 fighters are scheduled to be delivered by 2032.
Héroux-Devtek did not disclose the value of the contract, but said it would carry out the work at its facilities in Runcorn, U.K. and St-Hubert, Que.