Héroux-Devtek, Hanwha developing KF-X fighter landing gear

Canadian and South Korean companies are to jointly design and develop a landing gear system for a new Korean-made jet fighter.
By Richard Tomkins   |   Feb. 18, 2016 at 3:30 PM
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SINGAPORE, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Canada-based Héroux-Devtek and South Korea's Hanwha Corporation have teamed to design and develop a landing gear system for a new Korean jet fighter.

Under terms of a memorandum of understanding announced at the Singapore Airshow, the work by the two companies will be carried out over the next several years.

Based on current program expectations, mass production of the KF-X fighter by Korea Aerospace Industries should start in 2023. A total of 120 fighters are expected to be produced by 2032.

"Héroux-Devtek is proud to expand its global reach in the landing gear market by collaborating on a new program and joining forces with Hanwha, one of South Korea's leading aerospace systems manufacturers," said Gilles Labbé, president and chief executive officer of Héroux-Devtek.

The Canada-based company specializes in the design, development, manufacture and repair and overhaul of landing gear and actuation systems. Hanwha's expertise is in field of hydraulics.

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