SEOUL, Aug. 18
- The Eurofighter Tranche 3 Typhoon by the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS) has reportedly been eliminated from South Korea's multibillion-dollar project to buy new fighter jets, leaving Boeing's F-15 Silent Eagle as the sole final candidate
, government sources in Seoul said Sunday.
Earlier on Sunday, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration said that one of the two finalists -- Boeing and EADS -- in the nation's 8.3 trillion won (US$7.2 billion) fighter project has dropped out of the bidding due to problems with their documents...
...The committee, presided over by Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin, is to hold the committee in mid-September in order to finally pick a fight jet model to be introduced to South Korea's Air Force.
The competition to win the South Korean project narrowed to a two-way race last week after the two aerospace firms offered their fighter jets for prices below the South Korea's state budget set at 8.3 trillion won
. Another player Lockheed Martin submitted a price for its F-35 stealth, exceeding the state budget.