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SINGAPORE: UTC to supply KF-X with integrated environmental unit

UTC Aerospace Systems will provide several key components for the Korea Aerospace Industries KF-X advanced multirole fighter jet.

UTAS will provide the fighter’s environmental control system, which includes air conditioning, bleed air control, and cabin pressurisation and liquid cooling. It will also supply the KF-X with air turbine starters and flow control valves.

The company says that the environmental control system has been designed to incorporate the key components of the air conditioning and liquid cooling into a single pack.

Such an integrated design, UTAS explains, will help "reduce weight by eliminating the need for ducts and connectivity between distributed components" and saves space.

UTAS already provides the environmental control system, air turbine starter and airframe mounted accessory drive for KAI’s T-50 trainer, along with multiple systems for the TA-50 and FA-50 light attack variants.

KAI has said that it aims to manufacture more than 100 KF-X fighters for the Republic of Korea Air Force. Deliveries are expected to commence in the mid-2020s.

"Our state-of-the-art technology will help maximise the performance of this new aircraft, and we are positioned to offer additional system opportunities to further enhance its competitiveness. We look forward to supporting the KF-X programme in the years ahead,” says Tim White, president of UTAS' electric, environmental and engine systems division.

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