South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) selected GE Aviation as the preferred bidder to supply F414 engines for its next-generation indigenous fighter - KF-X. 

“Securing this advanced aircraft application feeds into the F414’s already-vast experience powering United States and international militaries, creating opportunities for greater F414 technology enhancements throughout the life of the program,”  said Jean Lydon-Rodgers, VP and GM of GE Aviation’s Military Systems Operation.

The multi-role KF-X aircraft will be designed and built by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), which partners with Lockheed Martin to develop the $7.4 billion project. The KF-X aircraft will replace Korea’s F-4D/E Phantom II and F-5E/F Tiger II fleet. The development program is scheduled to be completed in 2026, which includes the production of six prototype fighters by 2021.