S. Korean Air Force launches naming contest for jet

SEOUL – The South Korean Air Force has launched a naming contest for the country’s next-generation fighter jet under development, Yonhap News Agency reported officials as saying Friday.

South Korea is building the first prototype jet for the KF-X project after its design was confirmed last year, according to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration.

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Through Oct 30, South Koreans can submit suggestions for the new fighter with an explanation on how they represent the new jet’s mission.

The winner will be given a model aircraft with an award from the Air Force chief of staff, officials said.

Under the KF-X project worth 8.8 trillion won (US$7.5 billion), South Korea has been working since late 2015 to develop a homegrown cutting-edge fighter aircraft to replace the Air Force’s aging fleet of F-4 and F-5 jets.

The new fighter’s prototype is expected to be rolled out in the first half of next year under a plan to complete the development by 2026.

— BERNAMA