Elbit Systems to provide TF/TA systems for KF-X

Israeli-based Elbit Systems has announced that it has been awarded a contract by Hanwha Systems to provide Terrain Following/Terrain Avoidance (TF/TA) systems for the South Korea's KF-X next generation fighter.

The contract - worth $43m - was awarded on February 6 and will be performed over a six-year period.

Elbit Systems' TF/TA solution will enable the KF-X to manoeuvre safely at low-altitudes in harsh weather conditions with little to zero visibility by interfacing with the aircraft's autopilot system. The TF/TA software will combine data from a variety of onboard sensors and a digital terrain elevation database, along with flight performance characteristics to enable the aircraft to maintain an optimal altitude during missions.

A digital rendering of what the KF-X will look like. Korea Aerospace Industries

Yoram Shmuely, executive vice president and general manager of Elbit Systems Aerospace Division, said: "We are proud to be in a position to increase the capabilities of air forces through joint development with Hanwha Systems."

The KF-X was unveiled at the Seoul ADEX 2019 trade show in South Korea and is scheduled to enter service with the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) in the late 2020s.