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Korea Aerospace picked for F-15 upgrade

  |   Nov. 4, 2010 at 11:10 AM
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ST. LOUIS, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. is to design, develop and manufacture the Conformal Weapons Bay for the F-15 Silent Eagle.

Boeing said the work by KAI is covered under a recently signed Memorandum of Understanding between the companies.

"KAI is a leading aerospace company with world-class core technical capabilities that complement Boeing's," said Roger Besancenez, Boeing F-15 program vice president. "We are excited about KAI's growing role on the development and production of key technologies for Boeing aircraft."

The CWB is an innovative internal carriage that will minimize the F-15SE's radar signature and significantly increase its tactical options, Boeing said. The F-15SE is equipped with two internal bays -- one on each side -- and is designed for multiple carriage configurations, including advanced air-to-air and air-to-surface munitions.

The CWB is an option for any potential customer that requires the capability and can be installed on either newly built or existing F-15 series aircraft. The modular CWB also can be removed from the F-15 when it isn't required, enabling the aircraft to transform to an external configuration within a matter of hours.

KAI is South Korea's representative aircraft manufacturer, established in 1999, consolidating the aerospace businesses of Samsung, Daewoo and Hyundai. With headquarters in Sacheon, South Korea, its business lines include fixed-wing aircraft, rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and satellites.

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