and announced a planned partnership in Seoul’s future indigenous fighter program ( ). This announcement follows the bilateral agreement between the two countries signed in 2010, with an n commitment to acquire about 50 fighters in exchange for joint production and marketing of the new fighter. In May this year, agreed to purchase 16 of ’s T-50 trainer jets, marking the first South Korean export of the supersonic jets.
At the focus of the project is a joint research center opened today in Daejeon. Indonesia has committed to support 20 percent of the research, contributing US$10 million at this early stage. Indonesia will also send 30 researchers to work at the new center, to join about 100 of the South Koreans research colleagues.
South Korea’sproject, initiated in the early 2000s aims to replace the country’s fleet of aging F-4E Phantom II and F-5E fighter jets with a locally produced fifth generation stealth fighter by 2020. According to DAPA roadmap, a prototype is expected to be selected next year.