ROK’s KF-21 Boramae prepares for maiden flight

ROK’s KF-21 Boramae prepares for maiden flight
ROK’s KF-21 Boramae prepares for maiden flight

Republic of Korea’s (ROK) indigenously developed KF-21 Boramae fighter jet is set to perform its maiden flight next month, the country’s military reports. According to a report in Kookbang Ilbo, an official newspaper of the ROK Defence Ministry, an aircraft has passed 95 per cent of ground tests required before the maiden flight.


The photos published by the newspaper have also revealed that Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) is also working on a prototype – marked as 004 –which is previously unseen. It is a two-seater variant, most likely the training version.

ROK’s KF-21 Boramae prepares for maiden flight

KAI will perform over 2,000 test flights with six prototypes and two “rescue” prototypes before the start of serial production in 2026. KAI said it plans to manufacture 120 KF-21s by 2032.

ROK’s KF-21 Boramae prepares for maiden flight

According to KAI, the final version of the KF-21 will fly at a maximum speed of Mach 1.8 (2,222 km/h) and will have a maximum weight of 25,400 kg.

ROK’s KF-21 Boramae prepares for maiden flight