Héroux-Devtek and Hanwha Corporation have signed a contract for the design and development of landing gear for the new KF-X fighter aircraft.

To be designed and built by Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd (KAI), the multi-role KF-X aircraft will replace South Korea’s F-4D/E Phantom II and F-5E/F Tiger II fleet.

The contract requires the companies to jointly develop the landing gear system for the KF-X aircraft.

"As part of a $7.4bn project, 120 KF-X aircraft will be produced in total for use with the South Korean and Indonesian air forces."

Work under the contract includes engineering, testing and qualification of the system which will be carried out at Héroux-Devtek’s facilities located in Runcorn, UK and St-Hubert, Québec, Canada.

Engineering work has already begun and will take several years to complete.

Héroux-Devtek vice-president and COO Martin Brassard said: "The signature of this long-term contract confirms our participation on a new programme that expands our global reach in the landing gear market.

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“It also further enhances Héroux-Devtek's reputation as a leading provider of integrated landing gear solutions for the world's largest aerospace companies and we look forward to continuing our close collaboration with Hanwha, one of South Korea's leading aerospace systems manufacturers.”

As part of a $7.4bn project, 120 KF-X aircraft will be produced in total for use with the South Korean and Indonesian air forces.

Development phase of the aircraft is expected to be completed by 2026 and includes the production of six prototype fighters by 2021.

GE Aviation was recently selected as the preferred bidder to supply F414 engines for the KF-X.