Korea com­pletes de­liv­ery of 16 T-50 train­ers to In­done­sia

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE -

South Korea has com­pleted the de­liv­ery of 16 T-50 su­per­sonic trainer jets built by the Korea Aero­space In­dus­tries (KAI) to In­done­sia. Af­ter sign­ing a $400mil­lion deal in 2011, KAI said it de­liv­ered 16 T-50i planes be­tween Septem­ber and Jan­uary us­ing ferry flights via Tai­wan and the Philip­pines.

With sales of T-50s to In­done­sia, South Korea has be­come the world’s sixth su­per­sonic trainer jet ex­porter. In­done­sia is the big­gest South­east Asian buyer for South Korea’s de­fence in­dus­try, buy­ing Kore­an­made sub­marines and trainer jets.

The KFX project aims to build F-16 class fighter jets to re­place the Air Force’s age­ing fleet of F-4 and F-5 fighter planes, while eye­ing the over­seas mar­ket with home­grown air­craft. SP

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