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Republic of Korea

F-X III Competition

The Republic of Korea concluded its F-X III fighter acquisition program with the signing of a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) between the U.S. and Korean governments on September 30, 2014, for 40 F-35A Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL) variant jets with initial deliveries beginning in 2018 and concluding in 2021.

Lockheed Martin is currently working with both the Korean and U.S. governments to ensure deliver of their F-35 aircraft on-time and on-budget to meet Korea’s national security requirements 

The Republic of Korea is faced with a growing array of threats and a challenging operating environment, both on the ground – with a complex array of air defense systems – and in the air, as multiple countries in the region continue their efforts to develop 5th Generation capabilities. The 5th Generation, all-aspect stealth F-35 is the ideal platform to counter these growing threats from a proactive deterrence perspective and it is the only aircraft designed from the ground up with these threats in mind.