코리아타임즈에 있었던 이태훈기자님이 독립해서 코리아옵저버라는 사이트를 연 모양입니다.
deserves to lose
By Lee Tae-hoon on September 25, 2013 at 10:50 am
Boeing is the only company that I know of as a former defense correspondent that offered journalists a free business class flight, free passes at a luxurious strip club in the United States.
The U.S. aerospace giant was also the only company that threatened me not to publish such articles as Boeing’s F-15K jets fly blind to enemy attacks andBoeing backtracks on stealthy jet offer.
I still vividly remember Song Sang-ho, a Korea Herald reporter and a good friend of mine, desperately asking me to go back to our Boeing-sponsored fancy hotel rooms in Mesa, Arizona, when brought to a cabaret with topless girls.
A defense industry source once told me the lavish provision of sexual entertainment along with free food, free hotels, free drinks and free flights to journalists was a key factor in Boeing’s winning of Korea’s two previous fighter jet acquisition programs.
Beside all these unethical business practices, there are plenty of other reasons to eliminate Boeing from the FX-III competition, under which Korea planned to acquire 60 advanced fighter aircraft with a budget of 8.3 trillion won ($7.5 billion).
First, it lied to the Korean people that it would offer stealth technology. Boeing pledged to provide a list of stealth technologies when it successfully sold its 60 F-15Ks to Korea but has yet to fulfill its promises.
Secondly, it lied to us that it would undertake a major retrofit of its F-15 fighter jets to improve the effectiveness of its radar counter-measures.
An industrial source said hardly any progress had been made in the making of the F-15 Silent Eagle, an upgrade version of the F-15 offered in the FX-III, especially in the development of its conformal weapons bay (CWB) and canted vertical tails.
A senior official of the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), which has been carrying out research and development of the F-15 SE’s internal weapons bay, told me last year that “Only 10 percent of work has been completed for the research and development of the F-15SE’s conformal weapons bay.” ‘
KAI signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Boeing in 2010 for the production of the F-15SE’s conformal weapons bays.
Boeing would have had a better chance of winning the FX-III if it were a little more honest in explaining the limitations of its fourth generation F-15s, rather than trying to conceal unfavorable facts.
“Over my dead body,” a top Air Force official in charge of maintenance of fighter jets, said when asked about his opinion on the introduction of the F-15SE.
He said Korea wasted enough money and learned a lesson from the FX-I and FX-II that any upgrade exclusively offered to Korea would result in nightmares to maintenance personnel.
Boeing should think twice before complaining and even filing a lawsuit against the Korean government over the latest decision to reject its F-15, which rolled out in 1972 and became the only candidate in the FX-III race.