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Lockheed Unveils Advanced Pilot Training Solution: The T-50A

Lockheed Martin announced today that it will offer the T-50A in the U.S. Air Force's Advanced Pilot Training (APT) competition. The T-50A was developed jointly by Lockheed Martin and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to replace the T-38 and train the next generation of pilots to fly 5th Generation aircraft.

Lockheed Martin also announced that it has selected the company's Greenville Operations facility in Greenville, South Carolina, as the preferred Final Assembly and Checkout (FACO) site for the T-50A.

"The T-50A is production ready now. It is the only offering that meets all of the APT requirements and can deliver those capabilities on schedule," said Rob Weiss, executive vice president and general manager, Lockheed Martin Advanced Development Programs (Skunk Works). "We carefully studied a clean-sheet option for the [Advanced Pilot Training] competition and determined that it posed excessive risk to the APT cost and schedule requirements."

The T-50A delivers the fighter-like performance and capabilities needed to eliminate 5th Generation training gaps and inefficiencies. There is no more effective or affordable way to train the next generation of pilots to fly, fight and win.

Lockheed Martin's accompanying T-50A Ground-Based Training System (GBTS) features innovative technologies that deliver an immersive, synchronized ground-based training platform. The agile T-50A GBTS applies lessons-learned from decades of training with leading-edge technologies to deliver a cost-effective advanced pilot training solution.

Lockheed Martin has a long and successful legacy of delivering advanced aeronautics systems and training platforms. Lockheed Martin is leveraging that proven expertise to deliver the lowest-risk, on time advanced pilot training solution to the U.S. Air Force.

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Nis 23, 2016, 10:42 ÖS Last Edit: Haz 04, 2017, 01:05 ÖÖ by Sabri Ünal
S. Korea Picks Hanwha Thales for KF-X Radar Project

21 April 2016

HanwhaThales AESA radar (photo : HanwhaThales)

The South Korean military on Wednesday selected Hanwha Thales as its priority negotiation partner in development of the advanced radar for homegrown fighter jet project, officials said.

According to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration, the state-run Agency for Defense Development chose the local supplier -- the defense affiliate of Hanwha Group -- as the preferred bidder for the Active Electronically Scanned Array radar. The radar will be for the Korean Fighter Experimental, or KF-X, project.

Signals from AESA radars are spread out across a band of frequencies and are difficult to detect over background noise, making it less susceptible to detection. This allows the ships or aircrafts to remain stealthy while sending out radar signals.

Hanwha Thales trumped its rival LIG Nex1 Co., which had also been vying for the spot and is now next in line for negotiations.

The ADD will commence negotiations with Hanwha Thales and is slated to ink a deal in June.

"The technological capacities and the cost efficiency were the two main categories in selecting the priority negotiation partner, along with security and cooperation with small and medium enterprises," said an ADD official.

He said LIG Nex1 Co., which had been considered the more prominent candidate, had been relatively exposed more than its rival.

The indigenous jet project seeks to produce 120 fighter jets with domestic technology with a budget of some 1.8 trillion won ($1.6 billion)

The decision was made at the 94th Defense Acquisition Program Executive Committee, presided by Defense Minister Han Min-koo.

At the meeting, the officials also decided on 1.1 trillion won plans to deploy the anti-tank guided missile project, named "Hyeongung" or "Raybolt," over the next seven years.


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Korea Likely to Pick Engine Maker for Fighter Jet Project this Month

20 April 2016

South Korea plans to pick an engine provider for its indigenous fighter jet project as early as this month, an official at the country's sole aircraft maker said Tuesday.

European engine maker Eurojet Turbo GmbH and U.S. company General Electric are vying to become the supplier for the engines of the next generation combat planes to be built under the Korean Fighter Experimental program, Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. said.

"We are in talks with the two companies to select an engine provider for the KF-X project," said a KAI official. "An engine provider will be selected as early as this month."

South Korea is seeking to locally produce 120 twin-engine combat jets under the KF-X program that is estimated to cost some 18 trillion won ($16 billion). Seoul aims to deploy the new planes starting in mid-2020 to replace its aging fleet of F-4s and F-5s.

The country's state arms procurement agency said it plans to finalize the basic designs for the plane by September next year and come up with a detailed design by January 2019.

The KF-X project has gained a boost from the U.S. pledge to transfer some of its jet technologies. But Seoul is facing the challenge of finding an alternative as Washington made it clear that four core technologies will be excluded.

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DSME Launched the Lead Daegu-class FFX-II Frigate for Republic of Korea Navy

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) launched the lead ship of the new Daegu-class FFX-II frigate for the Republic of Korea Navy (ROK Navy) on June 2, 2016. Key updates of the Batch II over the ASW-focused Batch I include VLS and full electric propulsion system, as well as a larger hangar that can accomodate a 10-ton helicopter (FFX-I has hangar for lighter helicopters like AW159).

FFX-II is the first South Korean warship to be fitted with DRS Hybrid Electric Drive system, coupled with Rolls-Royce MT-30 gas turbine engine for CODLAG integrated full-electric propulsion. This configuration is shared with the US Navy's LCS and Zumwalt destroyers, as well as with the Royal Navy's QE aircraft carriers and future Type 26 GCS. In terms of engine technology and acoustic reduction technology, this makes FFX-II one of the most advanced and 'reduced accoustic signature' ASW frigates among western navies.

Contacted by Navy Recognition, a DSME reprensentative said that first ship of the class ROKS-818, Daegu will be delivered to ROK Navy in late 2017 and will be commissioned in late 2018.

FFX-II is not fitted with Mk 41 VLS buth with KVLS meaning it will deploy Korean missiles (most probably designed by LIG Nex 1).

Daegu-class FFX-II frigate main specifications:
Displacement (Full): Abt. 2800 (3,600)
Length/ Beam: 122m / 14m
Max. Speed: 30 kts
Complement: 120 sailors
Major weapons: 5" Main gun (K Mk.45 Mod 4) / 20mm CIWS (Phalanx Block 1B) / KVLS (16 cells)
Propulsion: CODLOG

Incheon Class (FFX-II Batch-I, 6 ships)
811 - Incheon
812 - Gyeonggi
813 - Jeonbuk
815 - Gangwon
816 - Chungbuk
817 - Gwangju

Daegu Class(FFX-II Batch-II, ? ships)
818 - Daegu
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The Korean  army plans to deploy 600 wheeled K806   and K808    armored vehicles from 2016 until 2020. These will replace tracked armored vehicles in the rapid deployment and internal security roles.

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA)'s wheeled armored vehicle project, undertaken by defense maker Hyundai Rotem since 2012, has been successfully completed, DAPA said in a statement. It said the locally built vehicle passed its final qualification test on May 9.

The project was aimed at improving the mobility, survivability and hitting power of front line and rear echelon infantry troops as their mission areas have expanded the military's reorganization plan, the agency noted.

Two armored combat vehicles, the K808 and K806, were developed as part of the project. The K808 is designed for speedy troop deployment and reconnaissance missions in front line areas, including mountainous regions, while the K806 is intended for use in mobile strike and reconnaissance missions in the rear.

In the past, South Korean infantry units had relatively restricted areas of operations because they did not have a sufficient number of all-terrain armored vehicles. This shortage also exposed them to attack from the North when on the move, according to the statement.

"The new wheeled armored vehicles, equipped with cutting-edge technologies, can move swiftly on the ground as well as cross water obstacles, carry heavy firepower and protect the troops inside from enemy machine gun attacks that will enormously increase infantry units' operability," the statement also said.

The new vehicles could later be adapted to carry 30 millimeter anti-aircraft guns and be used as wheeled combat command centers, DAPA pointed out. The agency said the new armored vehicles may find an export market, since they enjoy a price advantage and are more capable vehicles overall than those currently on the market.

"The success of the project has allowed the military to field a new weapon system that could carry out various operations in city and rear areas and meet the challenges of future battlefields like United Nations peacekeeping missions," Park Jin, a DAPA official in charge of combat vehicles, said. "This will dramatically contribute to boosting our military's strength." Mesajı Paylaş


South Korea selects GE as KFX engine provider

South Korea has selected General Electric (GE) to provide the powerplant for its developmental KFX fifth-generation fighter aircraft, national media reported on 26 May.

The US company has been chosen over its European rival Eurojet to provide engines for 120 of the twin-jet aircraft that are to be built under the KRW18 trillion (USD15.3 billion) KFX project, according to the Yanhop News Agency.

GE's bid was centred around its F414 turbofan, which powers the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, while Eurojet was pushing its EJ200, which powers the Eurofighter Typhoon. IHS Jane's previously reported that the winning engine would be decided on performance, price, and proposed defence offset packages including technology transfer deals. At least half of the engine's components are expected to be manufactured in South Korea.

Under the terms of the deal, Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) will assume the role of the prime contractor as the overall lead for the KFX programme, although it is likely to subcontract to other South Korean companies that specialise in aviation powerplants, such as Hanwha Techwin, Korean Air Aerospace Division, Korea Lost-Wax, Nexcoms, Neuros, and Yulkok. According to the Yanhop News Agency report, GE is expected to receive a contract in June.

The Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) recently selected Hanwha Thales as the preferred bidder for the aircraft's radar system. The powerplant selection is a major milestone in the administration's bid to begin building KFX fighters by the end of the 2020s.

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A senior official at Airbus Helicopters told reporters in Paris that the two companies plan to co-develop a naval version of the Surion (KUH-1), saying there would be demand for about 250 such choppers over the next 10 years, according to pool reports.

The KAI Surion, a twin-engined light utility helicopter, was designed and developed jointly by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and Eurocopter to meet the requirements of the South Korean Army and Air Force. The helicopter will be used in a variety of applications, including troop assault, search and rescue, tactical lift, liaison and medical evacuation. It can accommodate a pilot, co-pilot, two gunners and nine troops.

The helicopter will replace the ageing UH-1H attack helicopter and the 500MD light helicopter fleet of South Korean Army and Air Force. KAI is also planning to build civilian variants of the helicopter.  Airbus Helicopters has joined hands with S&T Dynamics of Kyungnam, South Korea, to develop the drive system for the helicopter. Mesajı Paylaş


KFX rüzgar tüneli testlerini içeren 19 dakikalık bir video yayınlanmış.Uçağın geliştirme maliyetinden uçuş saati maliyetlerine birim fiyatından silah yüklerine ve aviyonik içeriğine kadar epeyce doyurucu bilgiler içeren bir video olmuş.Arada bir yerde Türkiye ile ilgili bir görselde var ancak Kore'ce olduğundan ne demek istediğini çözemedim.

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South Korea Conducts Wind Tunnel Testing for KF-X Jet

KF-X fighter jet (image : bemil)

South Korea kicked off wind tunnel testing as it moves forward to finalize the design of its next-generation jet fuselage by mid-2018, the aircraft's local developers said Wednesday.

Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. (KAI), the country's sole aircraft manufacturer, and the Korea Aerospace Research Institute said they started the first phase of wind tunnel testing in a bid to lay out the design for the Korean Fighter Experimental (KF-X) program.

The KF-X project, which will cost 18 trillion won (US$15.3 billion) of the taxpayers money, will call for the building of some 120 twin-engine combat jets. Seoul aims to deploy the new planes starting in the mid-2020s to replace its fleet of vintage F-4s and F-5s.

A wind tunnel test assesses aerodynamic forces that an object can withstand as well as overall flight properties by letting air move past it.

Officials said that they will conduct a combined 13,000 hours of wind tunnel testing with the finalized design to be penned in about two years time.

The testing is part of a broader effort by Seoul to build a jet fighter that is expected to boost the capabilities of its Air Force.

In May, South Korea picked U.S. company General Electric (GE) as the preferred bidder to supply engines for the fighter jets, while a month earlier it tapped South Korean defense manufacturer Hanwha Thales as the primary negotiation partner to build active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar.

South Korea had initially planned to secure 25 fighter jet technologies from U.S. aerospace giant Lockheed Martin in an offset deal linked to Seoul's purchase of 40 of the company's F-35 Lightning II fighters in 2014.

But the U.S. government refused last year to approve the export of four core technologies, including those related to the AESA radar, forcing Seoul to find an alternative supplier.

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Hanwha Thales to Start Radar Development for KF-X Jets Next Month

Hanwha AESA radar (photo : themess)

South Korean defense manufacturer Hanwha Thales plans to kick off the process to develop an advanced radar system to be fitted onto the country's indigenous fighter jets next month, the company's CEO said Thursday.

In April, the defense unit of conglomerate Hanwha Group was picked as the preferred bidder to build active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars for some 120 fighter jets that South Korea seeks to develop by the mid-2020s.

Chang Si-kwon, chief executive of Hanwha Thales, told reporters in Paris that his company plans to produce a model of the AESA and that this will be used in operational tests with the Agency for Defense Development (ADD).

Hanwha Thales, set to clinch the final contract with ADD, plans to produce the first prototype of the radar by June 2017 and another one by the following year if the radar works as planned.

"The parent group is fully supporting us in our efforts to become a world-class defense manufacturer," Chang said. "The group is stressing that we must succeed in developing the AESA radars."

South Korea is seeking to deploy the new planes to be built under the 18 trillion won ($15.4 billion) Korean Fighter Experimental (KF-X) project in a bid to replace its aging jet fleet of F-4s and F-5s.

Last month, U.S. company General Electric (GE) was selected as the preferred bidder to supply engines for South Korea's next-generation fighter jets.

South Korea had initially planned to secure 25 fighter jet technologies from U.S. aerospace giant Lockheed Martin in an offset deal linked to Seoul's purchase of 40 of the company's F-35 Lightning II fighters in 2014.

But the U.S. government refused last year to approve the export of four core technologies, including those related to the radar, forcing Seoul to find an alternative supplier.

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Eki 06, 2016, 06:16 ÖS Last Edit: Haz 04, 2017, 01:04 ÖÖ by Sabri Ünal
South Korea's Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle Programme Takes Shape
Kelvin Wong, Singapore - IHS Jane's International Defence Review / 03 October 2016

An ambitious plan by the South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) and Agency for Defense Development (ADD) to develop unmanned and autonomous land reconnaissance and combat vehicles for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) is well under way with advanced prototypes from Hanwha Techwin and Hyundai Rotem being trialled until the end of October 2016.

Scale models of designs from both companies were showcased in September at DX Korea 2016, the country's premier land warfare exposition.

A spokesperson from the Ministry of National Defense (MND) told IHS Jane's that a decision will be made by 2017 to proceed with a platform design from either one of the contractors for further development, with the aim of fielding a system for the army by 2030.

Hanwha Techwin is offering a 6x6 hybrid-electric unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) that has been optimised for combat missions and fitted with a stabilised remote weapon system armed with a 7.62 mm machine gun, as well as an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) launcher with two missiles.

The vehicle - which measures 4.3 m long and 2.5 m wide - is powered by a fuel cell or lithium ion battery that provides electricity to six wheel hub motors that support a maximum road speed of 60 km/h. Each wheel is equipped with independent suspension and steering for improved manoeuvrability in difficult terrain, as well as to enable the vehicle to turn on its own axis.

Hyundai Rotem is similarly offering a 6x6 hybrid-electric platform, which it has designated the Future Combat Vehicle (FCV), although this 4.4 m long and 2.5 m wide vehicle can be optionally manned and equipped with a front-mounted ground penetrating radar system for mine sweeping operations in addition to its basic infantry combat support role. A stabilised RWS with a light calibre weapon constitutes its main armament.

Scale model of an unmanned ground combat vehicle proposed by Hanwha Techwin for the South Korean army. This platform will be equipped with a remote weapon station armed with a light calibre machine gun and anti-tank guided missiles. (IHS/Kelvin Wong)

Hyundai Rotem showcased its Future Combat Vehicle technology demonstrator at the 2016 DX Korea land forces exhibition. (IHS/Kelvin Wong)

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South Korea turns to Elta for KF-X fighter jet radar system

South Korea has formally abandoned a plan to develop a radar system with its own technology for its KF-X fighter jet program, a government source said Tuesday. As an alternative, the state-run Agency for Defense Development (ADD) recently signed a technology support contract with an Israeli defense firm, according to the source who requested anonymity.
The ADD and the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), the nation's arms procurement agency, would not reveal the exact size of the contract apparently with Elta, while an industry official said it's worth around 40 billion won (US$35.5 million).

"The ADD, which is in charge of developing an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar for the KF-X program, signed the agreement on technology support with an Israeli company last month," the source said.

In 2016, the ADD chose Hanwha Thales, a local defense firm, as the preferential bidder for the radar development. Hanhwa beat its domestic rival LIG Nex1 in the controversial competition.

The ADD said earlier it could seek outside help if Hanhwa falters in developing such an advanced radar system for use by South Korea's envisioned fighter jets.

South Korea launched the KF-X project in 2015 with the aim of producing more than 120 cutting-edge fighters to replace its aging jet fleet of F-4s and F-5s.

It plans to pour a total of 18 trillion won (US$16 bn)  into the project by 2026, with the production of six prototype jets scheduled to begin in July next year.

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Korea to Develop Battery-Powered Submarines by 2027

30 March 2017

3.00 ton submarine is KSS-III class built by DSME (photo : panzercho)

The military plans to build three lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery-powered submarines by 2027, according to Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) officials Friday.

Samsung SDI will make the batteries. Hanwha Techwin will develop a system for integrating them into the submarines that Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering will manufacture.

It is part of a long-term project to replace aging submarines. The Navy will have nine 3,000-ton submarines equipped with domestic technologies in a decade if the project is completed as planned, according to DAPA.

The military also plans to build three lead-acid battery-powered submarines between 2020 and 2024. Li-ion batteries last twice as long as lead-acid ones, according to Samsung SDI. The key is to develop advanced Li-ion batteries that can supply power to submarines consistently.

These batteries are now used for electric cars and many electronic gadgets, including laptop computers and smartphones.

The DAPA officials said Germany, France and Japan are also working hard to equip their submarines with Li-ion batteries.

"If the development of the Li-ion batteries for the subs succeeds, the subs' underwater navigation ability will be considerably enhanced," the DAPA said. This will strengthen the Navy's capacity against growing threats from North Korea, it said.

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Korea to Develop Traffic Management System for Low-Altitude Drones

The Korea Agency for Infrastructure Technology Advancement (KAIA) has been selected to develop a traffic management system for low-altitude drones, as growing demand for unmanned aerial vehicles in South Korea calls for appropriate measures to secure safety.

The organization that operates under the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport will invest some 19 billion won by 2021 to create its own unmanned aerial systems traffic management (UTM) system for drones that fly below an altitude of 150 meters.

With the help of the likes of IT giant KT and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), the new UTM system is expected to ensure a safer and more effective way of operating privately-owned drones.

KT will work with other participants in the project to develop online infrastructure and a cloud-based traffic management platform, and will run a compatibility test for each generation of the mobile telecommunications technology ranging from 3G to 5G.

Air traffic management for low-altitude drones is said to prevent crashes between drones and with buildings, while curbing the illegal use of drones and illicit practices such as invasion of privacy and terrorism.
"In line with the government's policy, KT will help spark interest in and create momentum for a new market. If possible, we will commercialize a 5G-based UTM platform and branch out into the global market to focus on exports," a KT official said.

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