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Oxley to provide KF-X fighter program with full external lighting system

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World Defense & Security Industry News - Oxley Group
 
 
Oxley to provide KF-X fighter program with full external lighting system
 
Oxley Group has secured its position as leading the global market in aerospace LED lighting after being selected by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to develop the full external lighting system on the new KF-X and IF-X Fighter Aircraft program, the British company announced today.
     
An artist's rendering of South Korea future KF-X fighter jet
     
The KF-X / IF-X is a South Korean and Indonesian program to develop a single or twin seat advanced multirole fighter for the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) and Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU).

As part of the development contract Oxley will be supplying a ground-breaking external LED lighting system which includes the following; Landing light, Taxi light, Refuelling lights, Formation lights, Wing tip lights and an intelligent lighting controller. The system provides complete integration into the pilot’s multi-functional display. The suite will be designed specifically for the new jets and the lights will outperform existing technology to deliver high performance and reliability.

Oxley Technical Director, Darren Cavan explained, "The comprehensive technical development process will cover design, prototyping, testing and manufacture, this will be completed by a dedicated Oxley project team of mechanical, optical, electronics and software engineers at the Priory Park site in Cumbria. As part of the development, smart technology will be integrated into the lights."

Martin Blakstad, Oxley Group CEO commented, "The Oxley team has been working closely with the team at KAI and this has created a strong relationship between the two companies, the Oxley team is enthusiastic about working on this ground breaking programme. To be part of a prestigious advanced technological platform such as this is confirmation of our world leading position in the provision of high performance lighting for military aircraft and we look forward to deepening our relationship with such a major manufacturer as KAI."

Oxley is the second UK-based company to integrate the KF-X program, a few days after Cobham announced it will provide weapons carriage and release equipment for the next-generation indigenous multi-role fighter aircraft