Thursday, 23 May 2013

EADS to South Korea: "Buy the Typhoon, and we'll help you build your own fighter!"

This is interesting...

KAI KFX Concept.

South Korea is not only currently in the market for a new fighter, but it is actively (now with help from Indonesia) developing its own indigenous stealth fighter (KF-X) for future production.  Candidates for the new fighter (F-X) include the Lockheed F-35A Lightning II, Boeing F-15SE Silent Eagle, and the Eurofighter Typhoon.
F-35A (top) and F-15SE (bottom)

If South Korea decides to buy the F-35, Lockheed has offered to provide help with the KF-X, although how much of its technology it can share will be at the behest of the Pentagon.

Eurofighter Typhoon.

EADS, one of the contractors (and marketing source) for the Eurofighter Typhoon has now gone so far as to offer $2 billion along with a technology transfer if South Korea chooses the Typhoon over the two American jets.

I wonder if any of the five manufacturers vying for Canada's CF-18 replacement would be willing to help Canada develop an "Arrow II".

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like desperation on the part of EADS. Last gasp chance to try to win in Sth Korea.

    As for developing an Arrow II, please don't make me laugh that hurts!