South Korea orders 20 TA-50 Block 2 trainer jets

South Korea orders TA-50
KAI TA-50 Block 1 lead-in fighter trainer/light attack aircraft.

On June 30, 2020, Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) announced that it had received a KRW688.3 billion (USD572.8 million) order to supply trainer jets to the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) by 2024.

KAI signed the deal with the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) to manufacture a total of 20 TA-50 lead-in fighter aircraft for radar tactical and combat mission training, the company said in a statement.

According to DAPA, the aircraft are in the Block 2 configuration, an updated variant compared to the 22 TA-50 Block 1 aircraft already acquired by RoKAF.

KAI has exported a total of 148 trainer jets worth $3.1 billion - 64 T-50 advanced trainer jets worth $2.4 billion and 84 KT-1 basic trainer jets worth $700 million - to countries such as Indonesia, Iraq, Thailand, Turkey, Peru and the Philippines since its foundation in 1999.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Source: KAI, DAPA
Image: KAI

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