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KAI KF-21 Boromae Unveiled
Last night, South Korean President Moon Jae-in visited Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) for the rollout ceremony of the KF-21 Boromae (previously known as KF-X). Other notable figures such as the Indonesian Defense Minister and 230 military and government officials from both countries also attended the event as Indonesia is a partner in the project. Indonesia was to provide 20% of the funding and buy 50 of the jets.
The project, which was started as KF-X is Korea’s first attempt at a supersonic fighter jet. This makes Korea the eighth nation to have developed such an aircraft. President Moon stated that mass production will begin after the final tests and that 40 of the fighters will be deployed by 2028 with 120 by 2032. The aircraft itself is a 4th generation fighter, though with many features that reduce its radar cross section. Unlike 5th generation fighters, the aircraft does not possess the ability to carry weapons internally in bays like the F-22, F-35, or J-20. The fighter was built with 24 F-35A technologies transferred by Lockheed Martin in 2014. It features advanced sensors like an AESA radar, IRST, electro-optical targeting devices, and radio jammers. Three prototypes are being built, one of which was rolled out last night.
Russian Military Buildup Near Ukraine
Large convoys and trains loaded with Russian Military hardware have been spotted heading towards Crimea and the eastern border of Ukraine.
As the ceasefire in Ukraine ended on April 1, 2021, the Russian Military has been spotted moving towards the eastern border of Ukraine. Trains carrying tanks and artillery pieces, helicopters, and convoys have all been spotted.
The Pentagon has reached out to Russian officials, but have yet to receive a clear answer. Major fighting in the region could resume very shortly.
F-15EX Officially Named “Eagle II”
In a ceremony which took place at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, the Boeing F-15EX was officially named Eagle II.
The first F-15EX was accepted by the Air Force on March 10 and it was the first F-15 delivered to the Air Force in 17 years. The Air Force has plans to buy at least 144 of these planes to replace its F-15X/D Eagle fleet and to supplement its F-15E Strike Eagles.
Two engines, the General Electric F110-GE-129 and the Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 will compete against one another to be outfitted on these new jets.
The F-15EX is the most advanced F-15 variant ever built. It will be equipped with fly-by-wire controls, advanced cockpit systems, and a new electronic warfare suite. The aircraft will be the Air Force’s new missile truck, being able to carry large numbers of bombs and missiles, including larger bombs and missiles. There is also speculation that the new fighter will carry new hypersonic weapons.
Chinese Y-20 New Engines
A new variant or China’s Y-20 strategic airlifter aircraft has been spotted with new engines.
The new engines, the Shenyang WS-20’s have been spotted being tested on an Il-76 testbed aircraft since 2014 and the engine was supposed to enter production in 2016. However, due to delays, the engine is still undergoing testing. The recent spotting of Y-20 with these new engines may indicate that the engines are near completion.