Korea ignited both F414 engines of its stealth KF-21 Boramae

SEOUL ($1=1,284.78 South Korean Wons) — The KF-21 Boramae, developed by KAI and South Korea’s next-generation stealth fighter jet, ignited its engine for the first time in ground tests. South Korea’s next-generation KF-21 Boramae fighter is ready to take off. According to sources, the KF-21 fighter will make its first flight in the last weeks of July. Almost 90% of the ground tests were completed before the first flight of the fighter.

Korea ignited both F414 engines of its stealth KF-21 Boramae
Photo credit: ADN

The first engine ignition test, performed yesterday [June 27th], was also a turning point for the KF-21. An important part of the ground tests for the KF-21, which has 2 F414 engines manufactured by General Electric, was the integration activities of the F414 engine. The engine test consists of a series of tests to ensure that the thrust is produced correctly and that the engine will run at its own power. The engines of the KF-21 are also equipped with additional special fire protection devices.

The development of the KF-21 took a total of 11 years. At the end of the engine test, one of the most important thresholds is exceeded. A major pilot of the South Korean Air Force has been appointed for the first flight of the KF-21 aircraft. After making its first flight this month, flight tests are expected to continue with prototypes until 2026. The KF-21 currently has a single-seater version called the Boramae and a two-seater version called the Hawk.

Following these versions, the production of a more modern KF-21 is planned as part of the FAZ-2 operation. Its goal is to produce a total of 40 KF-21 aircraft by 2028 and a total of 120 by 2032. It is planned that the KF-21 aircraft will replace the F-5E / F Tiger and KF-16 aircraft held by the Korean Air Force.

KF-21 Boramae fighter will change the defenses of Korea and Indonesia
Photo credit: AFP

The Korean authorities state that 65% of the aircraft are manufactured with products originating in South Korea, and the rest of the equipment is imported from various countries.

KF-21 Boramae

The KF-21, a 4.5 generation fighter, is expected to fly at a top speed of Mach 1.81, a range of 2,900 km, and a weight of 7,700 kg. The fighter will contain 10 rocket stations and fuel tanks. It will also be able to carry various air-to-air missiles such as the IRIS-T and Meteor.

The total value of the project is 5.9 trillion won [$5.2 billion]. In a speech at the KF-21 launch ceremony at the Korea Aerospace Industry facility in Sacheon, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said: “Now a new era in our independent defense is beginning and it is a historic milestone in the development of the South Korean aviation industry.”

***

Follow us everywhere and at any time. BulgarianMilitary.com has responsive design and you can open the page from any computer, mobile devices or web browsers. For more up-to-date news, follow our Google News, YouTube, Reddit, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook pages. Subscribe to our Newsletter and read our stories in News360App in AppStore or GooglePlay or in FeedlyApp in AppStore or GooglePlay. Our standards: Manifesto & ethical princliples.