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Seoul orders TA-50s, eyes new Chinooks and AEW aircraft

3rd July 2020 - 01:30 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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In South Korea the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has concluded a KRW688.3 billion ($619.5 million) deal for 20 TA-50 Block 2 jets from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI).

The twin-seat TA-50 is a lead-in fighter trainer that doubles as a light attack aircraft. The new aircraft will be flown by the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF), alongside 22 TA-50 Block 1 jets already in service.

The contract was announced by DAPA on 29 June, with the explanation that the aircraft were needed to meet increasing air combat training requirements. The ROKAF will be retiring its F-5F trainers, plus it

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Gordon Arthur is the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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