UK firm Meggitt has secured an additional contract from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to support the development of the KFX multirole fighter aircraft.
Meggitt said in a statement on 18 July that it had signed a deal with KAI to supply the KFX with fire detection and bleed air leak detection systems. The contract was signed at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow in the United Kingdom.
The new deal follows Meggitt’s announcement in April that it had won a contract to supply the KFX with nose and main wheels, carbon brakes, and a brake control system.
The company said in its statement that more recently its Meggitt Sensing Systems division had also signed a multi-million dollar contract for the design, development and supply of standby flight displays, engine displays, and heading sensors for the KFX fighter jet.
KAI is leading the development of the KFX. KAI officials have recently confirmed to Jane’s that the aircraft is currently on track to be mass produced for the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) from the mid-2020s.
Officials said that at the end of June 2018, KAI successfully completed a preliminary design review for the KFX and that the company has now moved to the critical design review (CDR) stage of the development programme. KAI is scheduled to complete the CDR by 2019 and then roll-out the first KFX prototype by 2021. A total of six prototypes will be built.
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