ROKAF Black Eagles to tour Europe to promote KAI T-50 jet

Black Eagles tour Europe
Republic of Korea Air Force Black Eagles aerobatic team. The team to tour Europe this summer.

The South Korean Air Force's aerobatic team plans to attend several international air shows this summer, Seoul officials told South Korea's Yonhap News Agency on Monday.

The Black Eagles' cross-border tour includes a stop in the UK, where they will take part in the Southport Air Show, Royal International Air Tattoo and Farnborough Air Show from 9-22 July, as part of military diplomacy to promote South Korean-made aircraft.

The team flies eight T-50B supersonic trainer aircraft, which is the flagship platform of South Korean aerospace company KAI. KAI is currently targeting Central European customers for its T-50 jet which is also marketed in the FA-50 light combat variant.

"We are prioritizing looking for new markets in Central Europe for FA-50 as the recent accelerated formation of a new Cold War structure is resulting in an increase of defense spending to realize self-defense in many parts of the world," said a KAI officer during the International Defense Exhibition Bratislava 2022.

Next month, the South Korean Air Force plans to dismantle nine T-50Bs, including spares, and fly them to Britain by air. South Korea will also use three C-130 transport aircraft to ship other pieces of equipment.

After its trip to Britain, the team plans to visit 13 other countries, including Poland, Slovakia, Egypt and the Philippines. It will cover an estimated distance of 20,000 km before returning home.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Image: USAF/Staff Sgt. Gabrielle Spalding

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