MBDA and Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) Forge Enhanced Collaboration for Weapon Integration

MBDA and Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) have solidified an agreement aimed at strengthening their collaboration. The strategic alliance entails the exploration of innovative opportunities to integrate new MBDA weaponry onto KAI platforms and jointly market their combined offerings for potential export ventures.

The signing ceremony, held during a Korean State visit to the UK on Monday, November 20th, saw the agreement inked by Chris Allam, Managing Director of MBDA UK, and Kang Goo-young, CEO of KAI, in London.

Eric Béranger, CEO of MBDA, expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration, stating, “The fusion of MBDA’s cutting-edge weaponry and technologies with KAI’s commendable track record in new aircraft development and swift delivery presents an exciting prospect in the global defence market, reflecting shared values and interests between both entities.”

Kang Goo-young affirmed KAI’s commitment, stating, “Amidst the rising global demand for diverse armaments, we aim to collaborate with MBDA to offer advanced domestic fighter aircraft to meet the needs of our customers.”

This partnership is already making strides, with MBDA engaged in the successful integration of the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile onto the KAI-led KF-21 Boromae fighter aircraft.

The agreement outlines new avenues of cooperation, including the potential integration of MBDA’s cutting-edge weapons such as SPEAR, ASRAAM, and Brimstone onto KAI platforms like the KF-21 and FA-50. Additionally, it explores opportunities for exporting the aforementioned platforms and missiles to potential markets.

This collaboration not only signifies a significant leap in technological advancement but also showcases a unified effort towards meeting evolving defence requirements across the globe.



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