RoKAF F-5E fighter crashes, killing pilot

by Alessandra Giovanzanti

A Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) Northrop Grumman F-5E Tiger II single-seat fighter aircraft crashed on 11 January, killing the pilot.

An official spokesperson of South Korea‘s Ministry of National Defense (MND) told Janes that the aircraft crashed into a mountain in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province, south of Seoul, at 1344 h local time after taking off from an RoKAF airbase in Suwon.

According to the MND, an engine fire warning light turned on a few minutes after take-off. The pilot, who tried to eject twice from the aircraft, died in the crash.


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South Korea prioritises offsets on KF-21 programme

by Jon Grevatt

South Korea's KF-21 fighter aircraft (pictured above) made its first flight in July 2022. Mass production of the aircraft is expected to start in 2026. (Korea Aerospace Industries)

South Korea has added its domestically developed KF-21 (Boramae) fighter aircraft to its list of priority defence offset projects during the coming few years.

The aircraft's inclusion on the offset list underscores the high level of foreign involvement in the KF-21 development programme and also Seoul's determination to locally source replacements.


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Qatar Emiri Air Force receives first Typhoons, readies aircraft for QRA duty

by Tim Ripley

Qatari Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft at BAE Systems Warton site. (Tim Ripley)

Four Qatari Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft are to depart from BAE Systems Warton site “within days” to take up quick reaction alert (QRA) duty ahead of the FIFA World Cup in November and December.

The Qatar Emiri Air Force's (QEAF's) first Typhoons were officially accepted into service by Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah, Qatar's deputy prime minister and minister of state for defence affairs, in a ceremony at Warton on 15 August.


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Iran hosting UAV competition for Russia's Army Games

by Jeremy Binnie

A Shahed-191 displayed at the IRGC's National Aerospace Park in Tehran. (Iranian Students News Agency)

An Iranian base that is allegedly used to train foreign terrorists to operate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is hosting part of the International Army Games 2022, raising questions about earlier reports that Russians are training to operate UAVs in Iran.


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