Saturday, September 25, 2021

South Korea complete selection of smart bombs precision-guided munitions and guidance kits for KF-X fighter

South Korea has reportedly completed its selection process for precision-guided munitions and guidance kits as part of Seul plans for integration with its future Korean Fighter eXperimental (KF-X) multirole fighter aircraft.

The integration process for the smart bombs and guidance kits already in service with the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF), is expected to start in the second half of 2020, with full integration scheduled over a 6-7 years period.

According to media sources, the system that have been selected for integration with the KF-X are:
– Raytheon’s GBU-12 Paveway II
– Boeing’s GBU-31/38 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM)
– GBU-54/56 Laser JDAM
– GBU-39/B Small Diameter Bomb1 (SDB1)
– Textron’s Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser (WCMD) CBU‐105

The KAI KF-X is a joint South Korean and Indonesian fighter aircraft development program that aims of producing an advanced multirole fighter for the South Korean and Indonesian air forces. 

As of September 2019, prototypes are reportedly under construction with the first of these expected to be completed by mid-2021.

George Costa
George Costa is a reporter specialized in defence and security systems. He covers international defence and security issues, such as international conflicts, WMD proliferation, and cybersecurity, as well as news reporting on developments in the global defence community.