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South Korea’s KF-21 Boramae Takes To the Air

Meet the KAI KF-21, a newly built South Korean fighter jet. This aircraft is being developed in collaboration with Indonesia, with the goal of developing a sophisticated multirole fighter. #KAI

South Korea’s KF-21 Boramae Takes To the Air

Meet the KAI KF-21, a newly built South Korean fighter jet. This aircraft is being developed in collaboration with Indonesia, with the goal of developing a sophisticated multirole fighter.

It passed the major millstone of testing yesterday when it took its first flight from the production factory. The airframe is stealthier than any fourth-generation fighter, but unlike fifth-generation fighters, it does not carry weapons in internal bays, though internal bays may be added later in development.

The initiative is led by the South Korean government, which owns 60% of the company. In 2010, Indonesia acquired a 20% ownership in the programme, with the remaining 20% held by private partners like as the manufacturer Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI). Following the FA-50, the KAI KF-X is South Korea’s second homegrown fighter jet development programme.

The first prototype was constructed and launched in April 2021 during a rollout event at KAI’s headquarters near Sacheon Airport. It was given the formal name Boramae. The first test flight was place on July 19, 2022, with manufacture set to commence in 2026.

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At least 40 aircraft are expected to be delivered by 2028, with South Korea aiming to deploy 120 by 2032. It will also be offered on the international market. KAI is building six flying prototypes, the last two of which will be two-seaters. The basic flying characteristics of the aircraft were validated during the first flight.

The Northrop F-5 and leftover F-4 Phantoms will be replaced by the KF-21 in ROKAF service. Its initial capacity will most likely be limited to air-to-air duties, for which the MBDA Meteor is the principal weapon. On the initial flight, four mockups of the missile were carried in the semi-recessed under-fuselage bays of the KF-21.

 

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Boeing 777-9 Begins Certification Flight Testing with FAA Onboard

Boeing 777-9 Begins Certification Flight Testing with FAA Onboard

The 777-9 has commenced certification flight testing at Boeing Field in Seattle. This is a crucial step under the supervision of our regulator to certify the airplane and deliver it to customers worldwide.

Amidst Boeing’s current challenges, the B777X stands out as a project that could revitalize the brand. It is highly anticipated, and Boeing is keen to clear FAA certifications to release it as soon as possible.

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The aircraft is two years behind its initial commitment date. During this time, the company has rigorously tested it under various conditions to ensure its readiness for commercial service.

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Boeing has announced that the 777X will be used for both passenger and freighter services, depending on customer requirements.

Boeing’s 777X program has achieved a major milestone with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granting approval to begin certification flight tests, marking a significant step towards the aircraft’s entry into commercial service.

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The European Union granted approval for this merger in February, and Korean Air anticipates U.S. regulatory approval by the end of October.

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Following Airbus’ breakthrough with Korean Air, Reuters reported in April that Korean Air was considering a new Boeing order focused on the 777X, an advanced version of the 777 mini-jumbo.

Boeing 777-9 First certification

The first certification flight test of the 777-9 took place on Friday evening, with FAA personnel onboard alongside Boeing’s pilots and flight test team.

According to The Seattle Times, the aircraft departed from Boeing Field shortly after 6 p.m. and landed nearly two hours later after flying along the Washington and Oregon coast.

The 777X, an upgraded version of the successful 777 twinjet, features new engines and carbon composite wings with folding wingtips to accommodate standard airport gates.

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The first variant, the 777-9X, is designed to carry 426 passengers in a two-class configuration for long-haul international flights.

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Boeing B777x total orders

Boeing has secured 481 orders for the aircraft, with Emirates being the largest customer, having ordered over 200 units. The planemaker has already built and stored 22 777X jets, with an additional six in various stages of assembly in Everett, Washington.

Boeing is close to finalizing a significant deal to sell approximately two dozen 777X jets to Korean Air, with an estimated value ranging from $4 billion to $6 billion, as reported by Reuters.

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Industry sources suggest that the agreement could be concluded as early as the Farnborough Airshow in July. Korean Air, South Korea’s largest airline, has been in discussions about returning to Boeing for its long-haul aircraft needs.

The Boeing 777X vs A350 is one of the most popular comparisons among aircraft as of now. The Airbus A350 has been operating for more than eight years, and its promising performance helps airlines in terms of efficiency and customer satisfaction, particularly in noise and vibrations.

The next generation Boeing 777X can fulfill the same requirements, with 777x first delivery given to Emirates Airlines, the launch customer for this aircraft. It remains to be seen how the Boeing 777X vs Airbus A350 will compete against each other in the future.

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