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Harris Corp to provide KF-X fighter program with BRU-47/57 bomb rack units

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Harris Corp to provide KF-X fighter program with BRU-47/57 bomb rack units
 
Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) picked up Harris Corporation to furnish carriage and release systems for the next-generation KF-X fighter jet program, the US-based company announced on November 15 iin an official statement.
     
Harris Corp to provide X fighter program with BRU 47 57 bomb rack units 640 001A KF-X fighter jet scale model at ADEX 2017
     
Harris will supply its BRU-47 and BRU-57 release systems; the BRU-47 single store carrier, says Harris, reduces the time needed for loading stores using its patented sway-brace technology, which is designed to minimize rack sway due to aircraft maneuvers and munition release.

The BRU-47/A Bomb Rack Units / Bomb Release Units were designed for use on the F-15E. On the F-22 Raptor, a BRU-47/A rack is used on each pylon to hold the external tanks.

The BRU-57 is a smart-weapon-enabled, twin store carrier that doubles the payload capacity of aircraft without the need to modify any hardware, which allows for a wide array of payload configurations. The BRU-57 was developed by installing an Electronic Component Assembly (ECA) and its associated hardware into a U.S. Navy baseline Vertical Ejector Rack (VER). Two USAF standard BRU-46/A racks are utilized on the BRU-57/A. The BRU-57/A is used to double the 1000 pound class weapon/store load out of both MIL-STD-1760 compatible stores and non MIL-STD-1760 compatible stores.

South Korea launched the KF-X project in 2015 with the aim of producing more than 120 cutting-edge fighters to replace its aging jet fleet of F-4s and F-5s.

It plans to pour a total of 18 trillion won (US$16 bn) into the project by 2026, with the production of six prototype jets scheduled to begin in July next year.