Jan. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. aerospace contractor Texstars has been selected by Korea Aerospace Industries to develop canopy and windshield transparencies for the KF-X fighter.
Under the contract with the South Korea-based aerospace developer, Texstars will work alongside the company to provide bird-strike resistant transparencies for the developing aircraft.
In a statement announcing the contract award, Texstars said the operation will aim to enable the single-seat multirole fighter to fly under extreme conditions while providing maximum survivability and pilot safety.
Texstars has developed transparency configurations for a variety of military aircraft in the past, including those used by the F-16, A-10, F-15, and other fixed-wing planes.
KAI's KF-X multi-role fighter is a project jointly funded by the governments of South Korea and Indonesia. Industry partners have been tasked with developing a single-seat, twin-engine jet with stealth capabilities that surpass the Eurofighter Typhoon and the Dassault Rafale.
The company is planning to formally introduce the aircraft in 2025. South Korea intends to procure the aircraft from 2023 to 2030.