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Seoul Deploys 20 New Fighter Jets, 40 More Planes Expected in Future

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  1. brahmos_ii

    brahmos_ii Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    South Korean President Park Geun-hye has praised the deployment of South Korea’s FA-50 aircrafts on Thursday, while ordering the country’s military to remain at full readiness, Yonhap News Agency reported.
    “Now, our security situation is very grave”, Park said in a ceremony, marking the deployment of the fighter jets, as quoted by Yonhap News.

    Park’s words came amid new tensions between the two Koreas. Just yesterday, North Korea rejected Seoul’s offer to hold high-level talks, the source said.

    Park said the deployment of the FA-50 aircrafts marked “a historic day”. South Korea deployed 20 fighter jets last month and there are plans to deploy another 40 new planes in future, Yonhap News reported.

    The FA-50 is a new version of light combat aircraft manufactured by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI). The development of the FA-50 began back in 1997 and since then six new prototypes have been built. The planes have an advanced radar system equipped witha night vision imaging system. The FA-50s are armed with 20mm cannon and air-to-air missiles, according to the Airforce Technology website.

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    Seoul Deploys 20 New Fighter Jets, 40 More Planes Expected in Future | World | RIA Novosti
     
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    Trainer jets?
     
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    I hope the Koreans won't take 45 years to develop and produce light combat aircraft like India does.
     
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    LCA development really began only in the late-80s, and went through a dozen sanctions, embargoes (following 1998 nuclear tests)
    which restricted the flow of some technical assistance (wrt particularly to flight laws) and problems in transfer of contracted engines due
    to the same reasons. While the latter problem was eventually overcome given a good turn of India-US relations in the 21st century,
    the former one dictated that most of the work with regard to aerodynamics had to be re-written and re-done.

    Anyway, while having incidents in the modern day with experienced companies like Lockheed with massive economic resources failing to provide a product on time, and facing delay after delay (F-35 program), it's hardly surprising to see a country that was, at that time, just coming
    out of seriously self-destructive socialist economic structure, facing sanctions & economic isolation, took longer than expected to developing it's first-ever own fighter jet program.

    As of the Koreans, the FA-50 is basically a modified F-16 with the inlets moved to the sides. Not much "development" done there. Just working around an existing design
    and existing technologies.
     
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    Better get your mathematics right , don't make fun of yourself
    LCA program initiated in 1983 , 30 years back not 45. Before that in 1960 Hf-24 marut was designed and produced in india within 6-8 years it joined airforce and was extensively used in 1971 war as fighter bomber and was never lost in an air to air combat but shot down an f-86 sabre over lahore and really created havoc by it's ground attack capability in west pakistan

    You better worry about your super expensive grounded air craft with no spares eurofighter which have 40% of availability rate and a super turkey
    F-35 which would get whupped by mig-21 in close combat gunfight and WVR senario as per f-16, f-15 and
    A-10 designer pierre sprey
     
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