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Força Aérea da Coreia do Sul recebe os primeiros caças F-35

As duas primeiras unidades de um total de 40 caças furtivos F-35A chegaram à Base Aérea Cheongju na Coreia do Sul em 29/3 último, segundo a Administração do Programa de Aquisições de Defesa (DAPA).

Os F-35A foram adquiridos pela Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) pelo valor de $6.5 bi USD. Dez deles serão entregues até o final de 2019.

F-35A da RoKAF. Crédito: Janes.com

Gabriel Dominguez (Jane):
DAPA noted that the two aircraft are set to become operational by May, with all 40 F-35As expected to be delivered and deployed by 2021.
DAPA chief Wang Jung-hong said that Seoul expects the F-35As to enhance the RoKAF's operational capabilities and strengthen its readiness posture as neighboring countries also introduce stealth fighters.

Franz-Stefan Gady (The Diplomat):
The F-35As manufacturer, U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin, won the $7 billion contract by offering 25 technologies used on the F-35A to support South Korea’s indigenous $15 billion KF-X fighter program.
However, the U.S. government did not share four key F-35A technologies including active electronically scanned radar, the infrared search-and-rescue systems, the electro-optical targeting pod and the radio frequency jammer, which detrimentally affected bilateral defense relations for a while.


São Paulo, 9 de abril de 2019

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