European missile manufacturer MBDA has been contracted to integrate its Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) onto South Korea's future KF-X multi-role fighter.
The contract was awarded by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and includes the provision of integration support, the manufacture of testing equipment and transfer of information and knowhow with regards to its Meteor platform.
Éric Béranger, CEO of MBDA, said: “We’re very pleased to mark this next and important step in our partnership with KAI and the Korean Defence Acquisition Program Administration. South Korea is a strategic market for MBDA, and we’re proud that Meteor will be providing KF-X with the world’s most potent air-to-air capability.”
MBDA's Meteor BVRAAM is one of the most advanced air-to-air missiles on the market today, boasting a unique ramjet propulsion system which enables it to perform at longer ranges and fly faster than other missiles of its calibre. The platform has also been integrated for use on the Eurofighter Typhoon, Dassault Rafale, Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II and the Saab JAS 39 Gripen.
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.
To read more about the next-generation fighter see "South Korea unveils its KF-X mock-up", featured in the December issue of Combat Aircraft.