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Republic of Korea

The F-35 Lightning II

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, stealth F-35 is the ideal platform to proactively deter these growing threats – and it is the only aircraft designed from the ground up with these threats in mind.

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.

The first F-35A for the Republic of Korea Air Force, known as AW-1, is currently in production and set for delivery in early 2018. Lockheed Martin is currently working with both the Korean and U.S. governments to ensure delivery of their F-35 aircraft on-time and on-budget to meet Korea’s national security requirements.