The Republic of Korea has confirmed it has selected the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II to fulfil its F-X requirement.
Korea announced it would buy 40 F-35As at a projected cost of US$6.8bn (A$7.44bn), beating out bids from Boeing with its F-15SE, and the Eurofighter Typhoon by Airbus Military.
“We are honoured by and appreciate the trust and confidence the Republic of Korea has placed in the 5th Generation F-35 to meet its demanding security requirements. We look forward to supporting the discussions between the Republic of Korea and U.S. governments in support of a final agreement this year,” said Orlando Carvalho, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics executive vice president. “This decision strengthens and extends our long-standing security partnership while enhancing regional stability across the greater Asia Pacific theatre.”
The F-35A will replace the F-4 and F-5 in Korean service, and will be complemented by more than 100 upgraded F-16C/Ds and 60 F-15Ks.