South Korea resets Fighter Jet bidding

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Unread post12 Aug 2020, 05:09

There seems to be some huffing and puffing about a simple diagram of the LPX II. Perhaps by the end of the year a more detailed South Korean Navy flat deck 'concept art' may become available. Meanwhile I guess 'element1loop' knows why the Oz LHDs will not set sail unless the environment is benign. However the old CoN seemed to think otherwise - currently????
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Unread post12 Aug 2020, 05:13

spazsinbad wrote:There seems to be some huffing and puffing about a simple diagram of the LPX II. Perhaps by the end of the year a more detailed South Korean Navy flat deck 'concept art' may become available. Meanwhile I guess 'element1loop' knows why the Oz LHDs will not set sail unless the environment is benign. However the old CoN seemed to think otherwise - currently????


Spaz, seriously, get a grip, have a look at my original remark.
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Unread post12 Aug 2020, 06:03

What grip do I need? Right or Left Handed? Short Arm or Long Arm? Curious minds want to know. Just a line drawing. No?
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Corsair1963 wrote:No Ski Jump??? :?

And why on earth would they shape it like a cheap frikken shoe box with vertical side sections, then shape the Island like lower RCS suddenly matters to them? :doh: :oops: :mrgreen: Dumb!
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Unread post26 Aug 2020, 05:17

Earlier GRIPPING news: viewtopic.php?f=58&t=24682&p=428228&hilit=Jeong#p428228
Korean military to buy 40 more fighter jets from U.S.
25 Aug 2020 PARK YONG-HAN, SHIM KYU-SEOK

"Korea will double the number of F-35 stealth fighter jets it will buy from the United States, including variants that will operate on the country’s first aircraft carrier, according to military sources. A total of 40 Lockheed Martin-built F-35 jets will be acquired at a cost of approximately 8 trillion won ($6.7 billion), the sources said.

Priority will be given to the acquisition of 20 F-35B jets, which are capable of short takeoff and vertical landing, and are due to be deployed on a light aircraft carrier Korea plans to complete by the early 2030s.

An additional 20 F-35A jets — the conventional takeoff and landing variants – will be acquired afterwards, which will raise the total number of fifth-generation fighters in Korea’s air fleet to 80. In 2014, the country signed a $6.4 billion deal with the United States to acquire 40 F-35As as part of the first phase of its air force augmentation plan.

Military sources added the additional acquisitions of F-35 aircraft, constituting the second phase of its fighter jet project, will be formally ratified at a Joint Chiefs of Staff meeting slated for October. “The second phase of the fighter jet project had initially been planned for 20 units, but this has been doubled to coordinate with the construction of a light aircraft carrier,” a source said, adding that the timetable to purchase the F-35B variants was pushed forward.

In its national defense plan for 2021 to 2025 unveiled earlier this month, Korea announced for the first time it was planning to build a 30,000-ton level aircraft carrier that will operate fighter jets capable of vertical takeoff and landing. The decision to expedite the purchase of the F-35B planes — the only planes in production around the world that are capable of vertical takeoff and landing — was reached to allow planners to design the aircraft carrier in line with the aircraft's specifications.


To suit the Navy’s plan to complete the vessel sometime around 2030, a concept design needs to be drawn up by the end of this year, before work on basic design begins next year. “We require knowledge of the precise specifications of the F-35B jet to design the deck and main parts [of the carrier],” said a military source. “But Lockheed Martin is of the position it cannot release information on the jet until a contract is signed for its purchase.”...

...Though the new F-35B planes are set to be deployed on an aircraft carrier, they will be operated by the Korean Air Force rather than the Navy, sources said...."

Source: https://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/20 ... 00453.html
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Unread post07 Sep 2020, 22:28

South Korea Seeking More F-35Bs for Future LPX-II Carrier
07 Sep 2020 Xavier Vavasseur

"...Although the F-35B are set to be procured by the RoK Navy’s budget, USNI News understands that the aircraft will be flown by RoK Air Force pilots. While RoK Navy personnel flies fixed wing aircraft (P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircrafts, to be replaced by the P-8A Poseidon), it lacks pilots with experience with fast jets.

An initial power struggle between the Air Force and Navy was resolved by granting wishes of both branches: The RoK Navy will receive the F-35B first to accommodate the LPX-II program. The RoK Air Force will operate the Navy’s F-35B while also getting their own additional F-35A after the F-35B are delivered. In the end, South Korea will operate a total of 80 F-35 (60 A variants and 20 B variants).

The final approval is expected during a Joint Chiefs of Staff meeting held in October 2020. The contract is expected to be signed between 2021 and 2022 with delivery beginning around 2025."

Source: https://news.usni.org/2020/09/07/south- ... ii-carrier
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Unread post08 Sep 2020, 14:14

The way things are going, LM might just end up selling more F-35B's than any other variant, LOL.

I honestly wonder how much of this is because they finally cracked the, "no compromise in performance just because of the STOVL design" code. If you wanted STOVL before, you bought the Harrier. But in so doing, gave up a lot of performance. That didn't always mean sub par combat capability (Sea Harrier vs. Mirage), but it still is/was a perception issue.

The only thing you give up today is around 5,000lbs of internal fuel, although it still packs away 13,000+lbs if I'm not mistaken. That means something on par or better than F-15C like range, but much much greater combat capability. For those countries that have enemies in close proximity or looking to get into the fixed wing carrier aircraft game, its an attractive value proposition..
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Unread post08 Sep 2020, 17:11

Any time you can operate F-35B on a conventional landing it should extend out the life of their lift fan clutches, too. Save them for emergencies.
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