Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) announced on 21 May it started the production of the KT-1 Woongbi for the Peruvian Air Force. Sixteen of the 20 aircraft ordered, comprising of 10 KT-1s advanced turboprop trainers and 10 armed KA-1s light attack aircraft, will be put together locally in Peru. The first four aircraft were entirely produced in South Korea.
The KT-1 is a Pilatus PC-9 look-a-like, being able to fly up to 310 knots (574 kmh) over 828 miles (1,333 km) up to 38,000 feet. The type is already in use with the Republic of Korea Air Force, which operates 85 KT-1s and 20 KA-1s. The Turkish Air Force flies 40 of the KAI advanced trainers, while Indonesia operates sixteen KT-1Bs.
It took a while for the KT-1 to make its service debut in 2000. The first flight was already in 1991.
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