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First S. Korean F-35A stealth fighter aircraft makes public debut at rollout ceremony

Arirang News
Arirang News
South Korea's first F-35A stealth fighter jet was unveiled at a rollout ceremony in Texas on Wednesday.
Dubbed the most advanced fighter aircraft ever built,... the jet is expected to improve South Korea's air defense capabilities.
Park Ji-won has more.

The first South Korean F-35A fighter aircraft made its public debut at a rollout ceremony held at Lockheed Martin's assembly line in Texas on Wednesday local time.
Some 450 key defense and military officials,... from the South Korean Air Force and U.S. Air Force,... as well as other officials and politicians from both countries,.. attended the ceremony.
South Korea's Vice Defense minister Suh Choo-suk and the South Korean Air Force's Vice Chief of Staff Lee Seong-yong were among the attendees.
In a video message, South Korea's defense minister Song Young-moo dubbed the fifth-generation stealth aircraft as the world's best fighter jet,... saying the deployment of the F-35A will greatly enhance the nation's ability to secure its sovereign airspace.
Six F-35A aircraft will be manufactured for South Korea this year,.. and will be delivered to Luke Air Force Base in Arizona,.. where South Korean fighter pilots will train with the jets,... before they are delivered to Cheongju Air Base in South Korea next March.
By 2021,... the South Korean air force will have 40 F-35A aircraft.
The F-35As are equipped with radar evasion capabilities,... and are expected to significantly enhance the country's defense against North Korea.
Park Ji-won, Arirang News.

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