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South Korean Pilots Examine Lockheed’s F-35, Boeing’s F-15; Dennis Muilenburg Comments

South Korean Pilots Examine Lockheed's F-35, Boeing's F-15; Dennis Muilenburg Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Dennis Muilenburg
South Korean Pilots Examine Lockheed's F-35, Boeing's F-15; Dennis Muilenburg Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Dennis Muilenburg

South Korean test pilots are visiting Lockheed Martin's F-35 plant in Fort Worth, Texas this week, according to a Reuters report Sept. 28.

Mike Rein, spokesman for Lockheed, said South Korean officials are evaluating the company's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter proposal for South Korea's 8.3 trillion won ($7 billion-plus) competition for 60 new fighter planes.

Lockheed said its F-35 planes are still under development and will not be flown by the pilots.

However, the company will give South Korean pilots access to an F-35 simulator and rides in chase planes to show the capabilities of the F-35 Lightning II, said two sources familiar with the plans.

South Korea made a similar trip to Boeing's F-15 plant in St. Louis early last month.

Dennis Muilenburg, chief executive of Boeing's defense business, said the South Korean pilots flew a prototype of the F-15 Silent Eagle on several missions.

EADS has also proposed its Eurofighter Typhoon for South Korea's fighter plane competition.

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Written by David J. Barton

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