DSEI 2017

Lighting up the KF-X [DSEI17D1]

12 September 2017

Oxley Group (Stand S3-330) has been selected by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to develop the full external lighting system on the new KF-X/IF-X advanced multirole fighter for the Republic of Korea Air Force and Indonesian Air Force.

As part of the development contract, Oxley will supply what it describes as a groundbreaking external LED lighting system, which includes the landing light, taxi light, refuelling lights, formation lights, wingtip lights, and an intelligent lighting controller. The system provides complete integration into the pilot’s multifunctional display.

The suite will be designed specifically for the new jets and Oxley says the lights will outperform existing technology.

Oxley technical director Darren Cavan explained: ‘‘The comprehensive technical development process will cover design, prototyping, testing and manufacture, and be completed by a dedicated project team of mechanical, optical, electronics and software engineers at the Priory Park site in Cumbria. As part of the development, smart technology will be integrated into the lights.’’

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