Heroux-Devtek, Hanwha to jointly develop landing gear for KF-X


Singapore-based Heroux-Devtek has secured a contract to develop the landing gear for the new Korean Fighter Experimental (KF-X) domestic fighter jets.

Awarded through Hanwha Corporation of the Republic of Korea, the contract requires the company to provide support for the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the KF-X fighter aircraft.

The contract will cover the design, development, manufacturing and support of landing gear systems for the aircraft, jointly with Hanwha.

"We have a strong engineering team and this memorandum of agreement (MOA) recognises our leading, world-class capabilities in the design and development of landing gear systems for various types of aircraft."

Héroux-Devtek president and CEO Gilles Labbé said: "Héroux-Devtek is proud to expand its global reach in the landing gear market by collaborating on a new programme and joining forces with Hanwha, one of South Korea's leading aerospace systems manufacturers.

"We have a strong engineering team and this memorandum of agreement (MOA) recognises our leading, world-class capabilities in the design and development of landing gear systems for various types of aircraft.

"It also allows us to maintain a well-diversified defence portfolio through a combination of engineering work, new component manufacturing, as well as the provision of aftermarket products and services."

Work under the contract will be carried out at Hanwha's engineering facilities located in Runcorn, UK and St-Hubert, Québec.

Last year, the South Korean Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) selected Korea Aerospace Industries (KIA) to carry out the KF-X fighter jet development programme.

The contract will see KIA develop an indigenous fighter jet with technological assistance from Lockheed Martin to replace the Republic of Korea Air Force's (ROKAF) aging fleet of F-4D / E Phantom II and F-5E / F Tiger II fighters.

Valued at KRW8.5trn ($7.64bn), the KF-X programme is aimed at producing 120 fighter jets by 2032.

The mass production of the aircraft is expected to start in 2023, with the first production aircraft to be delivered in 2026.