Thailand buys two additional KAI T-50 advanced trainer jets

Thailand buys two KAI T50
Royal Thai Air Force T-50TH advanced training jet.

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) said on Monday that it has signed a $ 78 million agreement with Thailand for the supply of two T-50TH advanced training jets and related support with delivery by November 2023 (As already anticipated by Blog Before Flight in April 2021).

The deal comes just days after KAI's previous $237.8 million agreement with Indonesia for the sale of six T-50i jets. It brings total exports of the type to 72 units: 14 to Thailand, 22 to Indonesia, 12 to the Philippines and 24 to Iraq.

The T-50TH is an advanced training jet customized to the requirements of the Royal Thai Air Force. Thailand bought a total of 14 T-50THs: four in 2015, eight in 2017 and two last month.

"The Royal Thai Air Force have procured three phases of T-50s in the past years and this contract is a continuation of our efforts to achieve our goal of developing our air force to be one of the best air forces in ASEAN," Air Marshal Chakorn Tawanjang said

KAI expects to receive further orders for T-50s from Senegal and Malaysia, which will allow sales of the aircraft to reach the 100-unit milestone by this year.

Written by Matteo Sanzani

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