After India’s planned procurement of 126 multi-purpose fighter aircraft,is also planning to invest some $2.4 billion to introduce 20 ‘next generation’ fighters. These aircraft are planned for introduction into service by 2010 – 2012, therefore ruling out the ’s model. Korea is planning to purchase up to 120 next-generation fighter jets, as part of the planned air-force modernization, drastically increasing combat capability by 2020. A request for proposal is expected by Defense Acquisition Program Administration in March 2007, followed by a selection and contract within a year.
Korean sources indicated that the country aims for a twin-engine fighter, thus making theoption most likely. In 2002, Korea selected the out of four candidates, including Rafale, Typhoon and Su-35. Seoul is fielding the first squadron with the delivery of 18 of the 40 aircraft ordered from under the current $4.6 billion program.