South Korea is currently making headlines as it took its first locally-developed fighter aircraft KF-21 Boramae on air last July 19, which took place at an Air Force base in the southern part of the country.

Officials from the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) stated that the first test flight of the KF-21 Boramae was executed from the 3rd Flying Training Wing in Sacheon at around 3:40 p.m., which is located approximately 300 kilometers south of Seoul, where the headquarters of the fighter jet’s manufacturer, Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) Ltd situates. After a total flight time of 33 minutes, the plane touched down at 4:13 p.m. In addition, the KF-21 reached approximately 400 kilometers per hour while in flight.

Major Ahn Jun-hyun, a South Korean Air Force member, flew the prototype of the KF-21 fighter jet, which had the flags of both South Korea and Indonesia. The primary objective of the KF-21’s first flight was to evaluate fundamental aspects of flying performance, including takeoff and landing. Before beginning thousands of following test flights, this one was meant to check the plane’s structure to ensure it is safe. Before its initial lift-off, tIn addition, the aircraft underwent ground tests, including low-, medium-and high-speed taxi, and engine ignition testing. 

Meanwhile, in response to the implications of the maiden flight, DAPA said, “The project of developing South Korea’s indigenous fighter jets has now entered the stage of test flights and the flight area will be expanded throughout at around 2,000 test flights,” while “The system’s development will be completed in 2026 after verifying various performances and its suitability for air-to-air combat.”