The KAI FA-50 in flight (Image © KAI)

Korea: dozen light fighters to Philippines

The KAI FA-50 in flight (Image © KAI)
The KAI FA-50 in flight (Image © KAI)

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) won the contract to export 12 FA-50s to the Philippines, worth US$ 420 million. The deal was destined to go ahead and has officially been confirmed on 28 March 2014.

Delivery of the 12 advanced jet trainers / light attack aircraft will be completed within 38 months after the deal goes into effect, according to KAI. The Philippine Air Force will get the same variant as the Iraqi Air Force (24) and the Indonesian Air Force (16) ordered in 2013 respectively 2011. This FA-50 build on the T-50 jointly developped by Lockheed Martin and the Republic of Korea Air Force.

The FA-50 measures 13.13 metres (43.89 feet) in length, 9.45 metres (31.47 feet) in width and 4.85 metres (16 feet) in height. The light attack aircraft/advanced jet trainer is able to fly with speeds up to Mach 1.5 and 4,500 kg speed of Mach 1.5 with up to 4,500kg (9920 lbs) of external weapons load.

Source: KAI

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