Hanwha Systems has been selected by the U.S. Department of Defense as one of the F-35 component maintenance companies. The selection of the maintenance company was made through an evaluation of the proposals submitted to the U.S. government from the participating countries in the joint development of the F-35 fighter jets and the FMS (Foreign Military Sales) purchasing countries.
The U.S. government allocated 398 parts in 17 areas this time. Meanwhile, South Korea submitted the proposal under the name of Team ROK, a consortium of companies. Of them, Hanwha Systems, Hanwha Aerospace and Korean Air were singled out as maintenance companies.
Hanwha Systems has greatly contributed to the selection by carrying out its role as the head of the Team ROK's business management team faithfully.
Hanwha Systems, along with the Defense Acquisition Program Administration, the Agency for Defense Development and the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), has successfully carried out the development of key KF-X equipment in Korea, proving its technological competitiveness in the field of avionics systems.
These include AESA radar, which is the core of KF-X performance, EO-TGP (Electronic Optical Tracking Equipment), Infra-red search and track (IRST), and mission computer (MC). Based on the fact that the selection has naturally led to its entry into the aviation and electronics markets of advanced countries, it is planning to push for the expansion of exports to foreign markets.
"The selection of F-35 component maintenance company has been recognized in the global market for its technical skills in aviation and electronics fields," said a representative for Hanwha Systems.