Posted : 2013-08-16 17:47
Updated : 2013-08-16 17:47

F-15, Eurofighter vie for F-X project

Boeing's F-15 Silent Eagle
EADS's Eurofighter
By Kang Seung-woo

Boeing's F-15 Silent Eagle and European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS)'s Eurofighter Tranche 3 Typhoon came within the given budget of the F-X program, an industry source said, Friday.

According to the source, Boeing and the EADS met the procurement price of 8.3 trillion won ($7.5 billion) on the final day of an extra three-day auction for purchase of 60 "next-generation" fighter jets.

The other combat plane, which was up against the F-15 and the Eurofighter, is Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II in the Air Force program to buy 60 combat planes to replace its obsolete fleet of F-4s and F-5s.

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) also admitted that there is at least one who satisfied the procurement price, but declined to announce how many aircraft closed the price gap citing the ongoing procedure.

"As there were companies that offered price within the program budget, we will proceed to the next step," DAPA Spokesman Baek Youn-hyeong said in a press briefing.

DAPA will shortly evaluate all three fighter jets before a committee meeting, presided over by Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin, picks a winner next month. No specific date has been confirmed.

However, the procurement agency added that although all three aircraft will be under assessment, any aircraft that exceeds the budget will not be signed for the F-X contract.

There is a possibility that there will be no winner based on the evaluation, as well.

Starting on June 18, DAPA held a total of 55 bidding sessions for three weeks, but all competitors failed to satisfy the budget requirements and as a result, DAPA temporarily suspended the project on July 5.

If it had been no firm which closed the price gap, DAPA would have declared the bid a failure and reconsidered the program from scratch.

The F-35 stealth jet was seen as the favorite from the beginning of the project given South Korean Air Force's long pursuit of stealth fighter jets that can pass through North Korea's complex web of radars and given the close relations between Korea and the U.S., the home country of Boeing.

But the company cannot lower its bid, given that the U.S. government is unable to offer a fixed price because the stealth jet is still being manufactured and simultaneously tested.

In addition, the Park Geun-hye administration is focusing on funding 135 trillion won in welfare spending, so the Ministry of Strategy and Finance reportedly rejected DAPA's call for a budget increment.

after failing to find a bidder who placed bids within budget constraints.

관련 한글 기사

차기전투기, 유로파이터·F-15SE '2파전' 구도로


차기 전투기(F-X) 사업 마지막 가격입찰일인 16일 유로파이터(EADS)와 F-15SE(보잉)가 예상을 깨고 우리 정부가 책정한 총사업비(8조3천억원) 한도 내의 가격을 제시한 것으로 알려졌다.

방위사업청의 한 관계자는 이날 '차기 전투기 가격입찰을 오늘 마감한 결과 총사업비 내로 진입한 기종이 있어 기종 선정을 위한 다음 절차(기종결정평가)가 진행될 것'이라고 밝혔다.

총사업비를 충족한 기종은 유로파이터와 F-15SE으로 전해졌다.

방사청은 그동안 사업비를 초과하는 기종은 계약대상에서 배제하겠다는 방침을 수차례 밝힌 바 있다.

이에 따라 차기 전투기 사업은 우리 정부가 책정한 총사업비 이내의 가격을 제출한 유로파이터와 F-15SE간의 경쟁으로 사실상 좁혀지게 됐다.

차기 전투기 60대를 구매하는 총사업비는 8조3천억원으로, 이 가운데 전투기와 엔진이 7조6천억원, 무장이 4천억원, 격납고 등 비행장 시설이 3천억원이다

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