Peru eyes up to 24 KAI FA-50 light combat aircraft

Peru buy KAI FA50
ROKAF FA-50 advanced trainer and light combat aicraft.

The Peruvian government is planning to purchase between 20 and 24 KAI FA-50 light combat aircraft, as well as a potential order of KF-21 Boromae fighter jets from South Korea.

According to defense media outlet Pucara, Peru is moving forward in negotiations with South Korean aerospace and defense company Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for the purchase. A letter of intent might be signed in the coming weeks, and the contract, valued at $780 million, could be signed before the end of 2024.

The FA-50s are intended to replace the Peruvian Air Force’s Cessna A-37B Dragonfly, which was used until 2023 by Air Group No. 7 in Piura, and the Aermacchi MB-339, operated by Air Squadron No. 513 of Air Group No. 51 in Pisco. Currently, Air Group No. 7 operates the KT-1.

According to several defense media outlets, the majority of the FA-50s would be assembled in Peru, with some components produced locally.

The potential acquisition of the FA-50 is viewed by Peru as a strategic move towards participating in South Korea’s KF-21 fifth-generation fighter program. The KAI KF-21 Boramae program was born with the aim of offering an advanced multi-role combat aircraft for the South Korean and Indonesian air forces.

Image: Republic of Korea Air Force

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