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Singapore Airshow 2018: UTAS secures work on KFX programme

06 February 2018

UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS), a subsidiary of the United Technologies Corporation, will provide several key components for the Korean Fighter Xperiment (KFX) programme led by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), the company announced on 6 February at the Singapore Airshow.

In a statement, UTAS said that under an agreement with KAI the company would provide an environmental control system, including air conditioning, bleed air control, cabin pressurisation, and liquid cooling systems as well as the aircraft’s air turbine starter and flow control valve.

UTC Aerospace Systems is to provide key components for the KAI KFX programme. (IHS Markit/Gareth Jennings)UTC Aerospace Systems is to provide key components for the KAI KFX programme. (IHS Markit/Gareth Jennings)

The company added that the KFX supply contracts represented a continuation of UTAS’ long-standing relationship with KAI. UTAS also supplies the environmental control system, air turbine starter, and airframe mounted accessory drive for KAI’s T-50 advanced jet trainer aircraft as well as various systems for the TA-50 and FA-50 light attack variants.

UTAS said the KFX supply contracts would maximise the performance of the aircraft. The environmental control system would have an “integrated design” with key components contained in a single pack to reduce weight and space, while the air turbine starter would provide optimal engine starting capability by regulating air flow and pressure into the starter, it said.

Tim White, president of UTAS’ Electric, Environmental and Engine Systems division, indicated that UTAS was bidding for additional supply contracts on the KFX but the company did not elaborate. “We are positioned to offer additional system opportunities to further enhance [the aircraft’s] competitiveness,” he said. “We look forward to supporting the KFX programme in the years ahead.”

The KFX is currently in development stage. Indonesia is involved in the programme as an industrial partner and contracted to pay 20% of the aircraft’s research and development costs.

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