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Korean-Indonesian fighter project hits licensing delays

08 February 2017

The partnership between South Korea and Indonesia to jointly develop the Korean Fighter Xperiment/Indonesia Fighter Xperiment (KFX/IFX) fighter aircraft has run into problems over licensing approvals.

Indonesia's deputy minister of foreign affairs, Abdurrahman Mohammad Fachir, said in comments published on 7 February by state-owned news agency Antara that the United States government has not yet approved the export of some technologies to support the co-development programme.

This relates to the third-party transfer from South Korea to Indonesia of technologies to facilitate Jakarta's involvement in the KFX/IFX programme.

South Korea has previously secured an agreement from the US government to secure the technologies as part of the defence offset package linked to the Republic of Korea Air Force's procurement of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fighter aircraft.

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