South Korea unveils next-generation fighter ‘KF-21’

South Korea unveiled the first prototype of next-generation Korean fighter KF-21 during a ceremony held on April 9.

The ceremony was attended by South Korea President Moon Jae-in, Indonesian Defense Minister Frabower Subianto, South Korea Defense Minister Seo-wook, South Korea Defense Acquisition Program Administration head Kang Eun-ho, and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) President Ahn Hyun-ho.

South Korea President Moon said during the unveiling event that when the ground test and flight test are completed, mass production will begin.

Moon noted that South Korea plans to deploy 40 units by 2028 and 120 units by 2032.

He also thanked the Indonesian government for “believing in the potential of Korea and becoming a partner in joint development.”

The South Korean president said KF-21 “Boramae” will be the backbone of South Korean Air Force.