Thailand's air force on Wednesday commissioned the first batch of South Korea-built T-50 Golden Eagle lead-in fighter trainers into service.
Four T-50TH supersonic advanced trainers of 401st Squadron was inducted into the RTAF during the commissioning ceremony on 4 April at an airbase in Nakhon Sawan, in a commissioning ceremony presided over by RTAF Commander Air Chief Marshal Johm Rungswang, Defence Blog reports.
The T-50 Golden Eagle is an advanced jet trainer developed and manufactured by South Korea's sole aircraft manufacturer, Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), powered by one General Electric F404 afterburning turbofan and featuring a maximum speed of Mach 1.5 and a service ceiling of 14,000 m.
KAI received two separate orders from Thailand to build four T-50TH trainer jets worth $110 million in September 2015 and eight T-50TH jets valued at $260 million in July last year.
The T-50TH developed to train and prepare pilots for the F-16 and JAS-39, replacing trainers such as L-39s in service with the RTAF.
The Korean Aerospace Industries-Lockheed Martin joint bid for the US Air Force Advanced Pilot Training project, the T-50A trainer jet is “well placed” to win the contract, a South Korean think tank, the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade (KIET) has said. The KIETs 2018-2022 forecast said that Korea's T-50A is well placed to secure the Advanced Pilot Training project that could be worth some 14 trillion won ($13 billion)
Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has begun 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
Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is considering ways to cut costs to make its T-50A aircraft competitive in the United States Air Force (USAF) trainer jet competition, said the new chief of Korea Aerospace Industries on Friday. At a press conference held at KAIs headquarters in the Korean city of Sacheon, the companys new President and CEO Kim Jo-won said KAI is seeking ways to adjust the unit price of the T-50 advanced trainer jet at the request of its US partner Lockheed Martin
Thailand is likely to sign $258 million deal to purchase eight T-50 trainer jets from South Korea on 29 of this month. The Bt-8
Thailand cabinet has approved the purchase of eight supersonic T-50 jet trainers worth 8.8 billion baht ($258 million) from South Korea
The Thai government last week approved a 193-million baht (US$ 5.7m) project to design a mini-submarine for the countrys navy, local media reports
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