South Korea reopens bidding for 8.3 trillion won fighter jet competition

Reuters

South Korea said on Thursday it will reopen competition for its 8.3 trillion won ($7.43 billion) purchase of 60 next generation fighter jets which had been suspended due to the high prices of bids received.

"We have decided at the defense project committee meeting to resume bidding for the F-X project," a spokesman for the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) told a briefing.

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DAPA suspended bidding after none of the entries, Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 , Boeing Co's F-15 and EADS's Eurofighter Typhoon , submitted bids meeting the required price.

(Reporting by Ju-min Park and Joyce Lee; editing by Jack Kim)