And now, for something completely unrelated to the discussion at hand. Since I couldn't really find any good concept art or images for the KFX 5th Gen Fighter, so I decided to go a different route entirely when it came to getting the RoUK Air Force a viable 5th Gen Fighter. It's not a drawing, just an interesting concept I would like opinions on.
KF-60A&B Golden Eagle (PAK-FAs bought from Russia and modified)
South Korean Modifications:
-- AL-41F Engines replaced with F119 Turbofan Engines with 3D Thrust Vectoring Nozzels
-- Russian radar replaced with specially designed Samsung AESA Radar
-- Russian Avionics replaced with specially designed Korean equivalents
-- All wiring replaced with fiber optic cable
-- Electro-Optical Targeting System fitted in the nose
-- Distributed Aperture System with accompanying HMD fitted
-- Fitted with Korean designed RAM and Radar Blockers
-- Cockpit fitted with western ejection seats and situational awareness displays
-- Internal cannon replaced with an M61A1 20mm Rotary Cannon (or 30mm Rotary Cannon on later models, albeit with reduced magazine)
-- Weapons bays modified to carry AIM-9X, AIM-120D, KLRAAM, JDAM, SDB, HARM, JSOW, and JASSM
In 2016, Korea was looking for a 5th Generation fighter to supplement it's existing 4++ Generation Fighter, such as the F-15 and F-16. It originally tried coercing the US into selling it F-22s. It stated that Korea was a long time ally of the US and that there was no worry that the technology would fall into the wrong hands because it was alreadt being marketed by the China and the Russians. However the US remained abstinent. Instead the US offered the F-35 at a lower than average price, but the Single-engined aircraft was not considered appropriate for Air Superiority or Deep Strike. The Korean Government then looked to the Russians. They subsequently bought the Sukhoi Su-50 PAK-FA Multi-Role Fighter. They then began a program to "westernize" the aircraft and make it compatible with NATO and Western weapons and electronics. To put it bluntly, the aircraft was gutted unitil all that remained was the basic airframe, then it was fitted with western and locally designed Avionics, Engines, Electronics, and Weapons.
The results exceeded all expectations. The combination of advanced western technologies with the inherent ruggedness and reliability of the Russian design produced a trully excellent warplane. Able to operate from just about anywhere and sustain enormous battle damage (by western standards) the aircraft is considered on of the RoUKAFs most valuable assets. It has much lower maintenance cost than comparable designs, and a higher weapons load. It is currently being license produced at two plants inside Korea. They are usually parred with an MQ-57B squadron when in the air defense role.
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