Meteor Integration on KAI KF-X

SHAH ALAM: Meteor Integration on KAI KF-X. Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) has awarded a contract to European missile manufacturer, MBDA, to integrate the Meteor BVR missile on the KF-X, the future Korean fighter aircraft. The CGI provided showed four missiles being fitted on the lower fuselage of the fighter. A targeting pod is also fitted on the lower left of the fuselage. The CGI also showed the aircraft fitted with two fuel tanks, two JDAM type bombs and two short range missiles.

A CGI of the KF-X equipped with four Meteors and other ordnance on its wings. MBDA

From MBDA

MBDA has been awarded a contract from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for the integration of the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile onto the KF-X future Korean fighter aircraft.

The contract includes integration support to KAI, transfer of know-how and manufacture of test equipment for the KF-X integration and trials campaign.

Meteor is the world’s most advanced air-to-air missile, and has a unique ramjet propulsion system that allows it to fly further and faster than any other air-to-air missile – allowing it to defeat manoeuvring targets even at extreme ranges.

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 Meteor missile. MBDA

Based on a recent news reports, the KF-X is equipped with an internal weapons bay though it is unclear whether KAI will also integrate the Meteor in it or whether the CGI is representative of the beast mode where the aircraft is carrying its full load of weapons disregarding the need to reduce its signature like other stealth fighters such as the F-35.
A UK F-35B in a beast mode. RN

What is this got to do with Malaysia then? Nothing at the moment, but around 10 years or so, RMAF will be looking for new fighters and the KAI KF-X should be in service by then and likely will become a contender then.

— Malaysian Defence

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