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Unread post20 Sep 2022, 23:19

Hard to see the value in developing a Naval KF-21 considering the modest numbers required??? While, the F-35C offers far better capabilities and would share much with the existing F-35A Fleet operated by the ROKAF.
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Unread post23 Sep 2022, 10:03

Corsair1963 wrote:Hard to see the value in developing a Naval KF-21 considering the modest numbers required??? While, the F-35C offers far better capabilities and would share much with the existing F-35A Fleet operated by the ROKAF.

:devil: SPEKin Of DAT DEBIL: https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/20 ... 2022-expo/ :twisted:
KAI Unveils KF-21N Carrier-Borne Aircraft At DX Korea 2022 Expo
23 Sep 2022 Daehan Lee

"Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) unveiled a scale model of the KF-21N during DX Korea 2022. It is the carrier-borne version of the company's indigenous 4.5-generation fighter jet known as KF-21 / KFX project and is intended for the CVX aircraft carrier program. KF-21N benchmarked the ground-based KF-21 of the Korean Air Force that successfully completed several test flights.

According to the information panel on display at the show, KF-21N has a length of 17.1 meters, a height of 5.2 meters, and a width of 12.3 meters. It can fly at the maximum speed of Mach 1.6 with a payload of 7620 kg. MTOW (Maximum takeoff weight) is around 25600 kg. Another key feature of the KF-21N is that the size is much larger than Lockheed Martin’s F-35B and the ground-based KF-21. The carrier-borne fighter jet adopted arresting hooks under its body and the wing-folding system that allows easier and more efficient accommodation in the limited space of CVX on its deck or hangar. KAI informed Naval News that the wings of the KF-21N are bigger than that of the original KF-21... [slower approaches with good controlability]

...KAI told Naval News that the numerical specifications described on the information panel are based on a CATOBAR version of the aircraft. Placeable weapons would include both foreign and domestic missiles, such as air-to-air, air-to-surface, and air-to-ground missiles. KAI said that the jet’s space for ordnance was designed in consideration of future missile assets....' [then lots of tedious speculation on the start of what will be a LONG JOURNEY - IF AT ALL!]

Photo: "KF-21N aircraft scale model on KAI stand at DX Korea 2022" https://www.navalnews.com/wp-content/up ... F-21N.jpeg (1.8Mb)


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Unread post23 Sep 2022, 21:03

More debil chains a'rattlin'....
With indigenous carrier-capable fighter design, S. Korea seeks to rework naval plans
22 Sep 2022 ANDREW WHITE

"The push for a naval version of the jet would likely not have happened if not for a series of decisions that dates back months.

...when the Ministry of National Defense (MND) decided to drop 2023 funding for a planned small carrier, known as the CVX. Envisioned as a next-generation amphibious assault ship for the RoK Navy, CVX would have the added capability of being able to operate fixed-wing aircraft, including jet fighters. The ship had an in-service target of 2033.

Following the decision not to fund CVX, the RoK announced it was changing long-held plans to purchase the F-35B short-take off and vertical landing variant, which would have been launched from the CVX. Instead, the MND announced it would be buying 20 of the conventional F-35A models.... [then stuff]

...According to a spokesperson for KAI, the KF-21N now lies in a preliminary design concept phase, hardly surprising given the fact the Republic of Korea Navy does not currently operate an aircraft carrier. (For his part, Kim said that the KF-21 will not be STOVL-capable.)

KAI’s spokesperson confirmed to Breaking Defense how KF-21N will comprise a folding wing design, thereby enabling it to be stowed under the deck on board a carrier. The air frame will also be capable of CATOBAR (catapult assisted take off but arrested recovery) and STOBAR (short take off but arrested recovery) operations on board an aircraft carrier, the spokeperson claimed.

The KF-21N stands to feature a pair of General Electric F414 turbofan engine, each capable of producing 22,000lbs in thrust. This will provide the KF-21N a maximum speed of 1.6M. the KAI spokesperson added.

Furthermore, the KF-21N will have a maximum take-off weight of 25,600kg and maximum available payload of 7,620kg. It will also measure 17.1m in length, 5.2m in height and 12.3m in width, company documents state...."

Photo: "The Korean defense firm KAI shows of[f] a model fighter. (Andrew White for Breaking Defense)" https://sites.breakingmedia.com/uploads ... 71979.jpeg


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Unread post26 Sep 2022, 05:56

If, they decide to go a head with the Naval KF-21N. I would hope they would base it on the KF-21 Block III with internal weapon bays. Why they would even think about displaying a concept based on the early model is beyond me?
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