Korean Airlines, with backing from Airbus, has bid to develop South Korea’s KF-X indigenous fighter, presenting competition to the country’s leading combat aircraft company, Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI). A key element of the Korean Airlines bid is that the proposed aircraft is intended to be free from U.S. export control, which means it can have no major U.S. systems. KAI has also submitted a tender for the program—as it was expected to do, since the KF-X is its biggest ...

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