Oxley Group has been elected by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to develop the new KF-X and IF-X Fighter Aircraft Programme’s full external lighting system.
The KF-X / IF-X is a South Korean and Indonesian programme designed to develop a single or twin seat advanced multirole fighter for the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) and Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU).
As part of the development contract, Oxley will be supplying a groundbreaking external LED lighting system, which includes landing light, taxi light, refuelling lights, formation lights, wing tip lights and an intelligent lighting controller. The system provides complete integration into the pilot’s multi-functional display. The suite will be designed specifically for the new jets and the lights will outperform existing technology to deliver high performance and reliability.
Oxley technical director Darren Cavan explained: "The comprehensive technical development process will cover design, prototyping, testing and manufacture, this will be completed by a dedicated Oxley project team of mechanical, optical, electronics and software engineers at the Priory Park site in Cumbria. As part of the development, smart technology will be integrated into the lights."
Oxley Group CEO Martin Blakstad commented: "The Oxley team has been working closely with the team at KAI and this has created a strong relationship between the two companies, the Oxley team is enthusiastic about working on this groundbreaking programme.
"To be part of a prestigious advanced technological platform such as this is confirmation of our world-leading position in the provision of high-performance lighting for military aircraft and we look forward to deepening our relationship with such a major manufacturer as KAI."