UK-based company Meggitt has secured a multimillion-dollar contract to deliver an advanced wheel and digital braking system for the South Korean aircraft manufacturer Korea Aerospace Industries’ (KAI) KF-X multi-role fighter jet.
KAI has selected Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems for the supply of advanced nose / main wheels, high-performance carbon brakes and brake control system for the fighter aircraft.
The proposed upgraded braking system equipment involves a combination of new development and field-proven components that would help the aircraft meet the technical requirement of KAI.
In 2011, the South Korean Government began the concept for the development of an indigenous fighter aircraft.
The KF-X jet is being developed under the partnership between the South Korean and Indonesian Governments, which has agreed to provide funding for 20% of the construction costs of the aircraft.
Once production of the aircraft begins in the mid-2020s, the South Korean Air Force intends to buy approximately 100 units of the multi-role fighter jet, while Indonesia plans for the acquisition of about 50 KF-X aircraft.
The KF-X aircraft will replace the old and ageing F-4D/E Phantom II and F-5E/F Tiger II aircraft.
With the current contract win, Meggitt has strengthened its relationship with KAI. The partnership already includes delivering support for the T-50 jet family and the Surion helicopter.
With more than 11,000 employees at more than 40 production sites and regional offices across the world, Meggitt focuses on the development of high-performance components and sub-systems for the aerospace, defence and energy markets.