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Iraq signs for 24 T-50s

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posted on Dec, 14 2013 @ 07:09 PM
Iraq has signed a deal worth $1.1B with Korean Aerospace Industries for 24 T-50 advanced trainers. Deliveries will start in April of 2016, and the last aircraft will be delivered within a year. The total cost of the deal will be just over $2B, with training and support added. KAI will offer support for the aircraft for 20 years.

The aircraft will be designated T-50IQ, and will be based on the FA-50 light attack aircraft. The FA-50 offers a Link 16 datalink, mechanically scanned radar, and night vision systems. They will be used to train pilots for the Iraqi Air Force F-16IQ.

Iraq has signed a $1.1 billion contract for 24 Korea Aerospace Industries T-50 advanced jet trainers, giving the South Korean firm its second international customer for the type. The deal was signed between Iraqi government officials and senior officials from KAI on 12 December.

“I am thankful to the Iraqi government to purchase the T-50 aircraft,” says Ha Sung-yong, president and chief executive of KAI.

“I think that the T-50 is the most optimal aircraft suitable for Iraq’s military operations. We will make our utmost efforts to support the Iraqi air force and ensure the smooth operation of the T-50.”


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