Indonesia Commits to Cooperation in KF-21 Technology Theft Probe

SEOUL, South Korea - Indonesian engineers, currently under investigation for allegedly stealing technologies related to the KF-21 fighter jet, have pledged full cooperation in the ongoing probe, an Indonesian foreign ministry official announced on Tuesday. The individuals in question are accused of transferring data related to the development of the KF-21 jet onto a USB device, raising concerns over the unauthorized dissemination of sensitive information.

According to Yonhap News Agency, the engineers were dispatched to Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), the manufacturer of the KF-21, where the alleged technology theft was uncovered last month. "The Indonesian side has assured that the engineers will fully cooperate with the investigation," the official stated, emphasizing the active communication and assistance being provided in response to requests from the Indonesian Embassy in South Korea. The investigation, led by South Korea's intelligence and defense authorities, is examining whether the data in question includes strategic technologies crucial to the KF-21 development program. The implicated engineers are currently prohibited from leaving South Korea.

The KF-21 project is a significant endeavor aiming to develop a supersonic fighter jet to replace South Korea's outdated F-4 and F-5 aircraft, with deployment of the first model to the Air Force expected in 2026.

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