South Korea’s first home-grown fighter jet completes maiden test flight

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The KF-21, South Korea’s first home-grown fighter jet, successfully landed its debut test flight on July 19, 2022. The next-generation aircraft, developed by Korea Aerospace Industries in a project partially backed by Indonesia, faces more testing until 2026, when mass production is set to begin. South Korea unveiled the first prototype of the KF-21 in April 2021, hailing the aircraft as the future backbone of its air force and a step towards greater military independence in the face of nuclear and missile threats from neighbouring North Korea.

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