December 03, 2015 09:59 The U.S. State Department on Tuesday denied that Washington opposes Korea’s home-grown fighter jet project, despite a refusal to transfer key technologies that has thrown it in disarray.”The United States continues to support… Korea’s defense programs and priorities through the transfer of many of our most sensitive defense technologies,” said State Department spokeswoman Katina Adams. “We seek to support the KF-X indigenous fighter program to the maximum extent possible.”Adams was responding to a question from Korean reporters.Washington has refused to transfer four core technologies, including one involving the on-board radar, of fighter jets Korea is buying from Lockheed Martin and had been hoping to use as the basis for its own project. The U.S. more recently also signaled it will veto the transfer of some of the 21 other technologies involved. During his visit to Korea in early November, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter also expressed support in principle. “The United States is very supportive of the KF-X program,” he said, but added, “Our law limits certain technologies in the way that they can be shared.”Adams on Tuesday held out a minor lifeline for the project saying, “Programs like the KF-X are large and complex. As a… Read full this story
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