Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) unveiled a full-scale mockup and futuristic cockpit of the KF-X fighter jet at ADEX 2019 in Seoul, Korea.
The KF-X can achieve a range of 2,900 km (1,550 nm) with 10 weapons-carrying stations, including and Diehl IRIS-T and MBDA Meteor air-to-air missiles.
It has opted for the M61 Vulcan cannon, mounted on the port side.
The cockpit layout is similar to that of the F-35, with an 8×20-inch full-panel touch display screen that is integrated with the pilot’s helmet and head-up display.
The cockpit will feature hands-on-throttle and side stick functionality.
Around 65 percent of the project will be produced by local companies, including Hanwha Defence, which will produce the General Electric F414 turbofan under license, as well as landing gear, control actuators, and other components.
LIGNex1 will manufacture the electronic countermeasures, head-up display, and radio systems. The KF-X will proceed with an indigenous LIGNex1 datalink, although KAI said that NATO links such as Link 16 will be considered once the program is more mature.
The KAI aiming to roll-out a prototype roll-out in the first quarter of 2021, first flight in 2022, and serial production in 2026.