No breakthrough yet in Indonesia’s KF-X payments

No breakthrough yet in Indonesia’s KF-X payments

President Yoon Suk-yeol and Indonesian President Joko Widodo hold a joint press conference at the presidential office in Seoul, Thursday, following their summit. Joint Press Corps


KF-21 conducts second flight test successfully

By Kang Seung-woo

Despite last week’s South Korean-Indonesian summit, Jakarta could become the default in the KF-X joint fighter program after the meeting failed to find a clear solution to the Southeast Asian country’s delinquency payment problem Concerns remain about sexuality.

The KF-X, aimed at manufacturing advanced multirole fighters, was launched in 2001 and the two countries signed a contract to cooperate in the project in 2010. Indonesia will fund 1.6 trillion won, 20% of the total development cost of 8.8 trillion won ($ 6.71 billion), in exchange for the production and technology transfer of a large number of aircraft built for the Indonesian Air Force.

I agreed. However, Indonesia has neglected the deal since 2017 and has not paid the promised 800 billion won so far. In preparation for the summit meeting on Thursday, the local defense industry hoped that Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s visit to Seoul could help find a breakthrough in resolving delinquency charges, rice field problem.

The successful maiden flight of the domestically developed KF-21 Boramae fighter jet ahead of Jokowi’s arrival also added to the hopes. The KF-21 is manufactured by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), the only domestic aircraft manufacturer.

However, the much-hyped summit appears to have been a disappointment, with neither leader providing details on how to resolve the issue, and payment issues may not have been high on the agenda during their talks. prompted speculation that it could not. The payment issue will be resolved soon, the Blue House said.

“The two countries reaffirmed their commitment to continue working together so that the joint fighter program can run smoothly to the end,” President Yoon Sook-yeol said at a joint press conference after the summit at the Blue House. I did,” he said.

According to Yun’s office, during the summit, Widodo Yun suggested that countries hold consultations to resolve payment issues.

“Given that Jokowi made the proposal, it is time for working-level discussions to continue,” said an official at Yoon’s office.

However, while Yun mentioned Indonesia’s commitment to the KF-X program, the Indonesian president did not mention any KF-X related issues at the press conference.

Last November, when the program’s integrity was called into question due to late share payments, the two countries agreed that Indonesia would pay 30% of all payments in kind, even though Indonesia withdrew the agreement. agreed again.

A KF-21 Boramae fighter jet flies over Sacheon, South Gyeongsang Province during its first flight test, July 19. Courtesy of Defense Acquisition Program Administration

In this regard, South Korea is being asked to seek independence from Indonesia and find a way to continue the project independently.

However, some say South Korea cannot strongly pressure Indonesia to pay her KF-X share due to its long history of defense cooperation.

Indonesia purchased 16 T-50 supersonic trainers from KAI in a $400 million deal in 2011 and a total of six 1,400-ton class submarines from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering in 2011 and 2019 signed two separate deals to
“Indonesia has played a role in helping South Korean defense contractors gain a foothold in the international market. representative said.

Meanwhile, sources said the KF-21 made its second successful test flight on Friday. The fighter took off from the Air Force 3rd Flight Training Squadron in Sacheon, Gyeongsangnam-do at 11:02 am and flew for 39 minutes.


Credit/Source : KoreaTimes

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