For an industry newcomer, developing a fighter airframe is difficult enough even when complex onboard systems are supplied by experienced foreign companies. Creating and integrating the most difficult equipment domestically is surely something to avoid. Yet that is what South Korea is doing with its Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) KF-X indigenous fighter. To succeed, its engineers are adapting nonfighter and even nonaviation technologies. They are sidestepping challenging advances where ...

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