South Korea orders KAI TA-50 Block 2 jets

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The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) of South Korea has announced that a contract was awarded to Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for delivery of TA-50 Block 2 lead-in fighter trainer/light attack aircraft.

According to KAI, the contract amounts to around 688.3 billion won or approximately 57.3 million US dollars. Delivery is expected in 2024.

“The TA-50 aircraft, an advanced T-50 trainer variant, designed for the tactical training purpose of air force pilots is mounted with radars, air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles,” KAI said.

KAI said it has “exported total 64 units of the T-50 line aircraft to the Philippines, Iran and Thailand, starting with Indonesia so far. The aircraft, based on its excellent overseas operation performance, draws a high attention of the neighboring countries around the existing export destinations.”