began the official process of changing the contractor for its upgrading project, Seoul’s arms procurement agency said. “The final decision on the contractor change will be made after checking a letter of agreement from the U.S. expected to be delivered early next year,” The Defense Acquisition Program Administration ( ) official Baek Yoon-hyung said.
said the planned switch from to – was presented at its monthly defense project committee meeting. , the ’s original equipment manufacturer (OEM), lost to BAE in its bid for the project.
and the U.S. defense department agreed upgrade 134 KF-16 fighter jets as part of a US$1.62 billion (1.75 trillion won) investment. Originally awarded to , the contract included the integration of modern avionics, primarily a new mission computer developed by and AESA radar provided by .