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KAI starts delivering T-50TH fighter jets to Thailand

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World Defense & Security News - Thailand
 
 
KAI starts delivering T-50TH trainer jets to Thailand
 
Korea Aerospace Industries Co. (KAI), South Korea's sole aircraft manufacturer, on Monday, January 8, began delivery of its advanced T-50 trainer jet to Thailand's air force. KAI received two separate orders to build four T-50TH trainer jets worth US$110 million in 2015 and eight T-50TH jets valued at $260 million last year.
     
KAI starts delivering T 50TH trainer jets to Thailand 640 001Two RTAF T-50TH taking off from South Korea
(Credit: KAI)
     
Two of the first four trainer jets will be delivered to the Southeast Asian country via a 12-hour ferry flight, the company said in a statement.

The South Korean jet trainers were primarily intended to replace Czech's L-39 jet trainers which the Thai air force has been using over the last two decades.

The T-50 Golden Eagle is an advanced jet trainer developed and manufactured by the South Korean aircraft maker Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI). It is powered by one General Electric F404 afterburning turbofan. The KAI T-50 features a maximum speed of Mach 1.5 and a service ceiling of 14,000 m.

The aircraft manufacturer has exported a total of 64 T-50 trainer jets worth $2.9 billion since 2011, it said.

The company is currently pushing to export the advanced jet to the United States, Argentina and Botswana, KAI said.

(Source: Yonhap)