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Air force secures 14 Korean trainer jets

BANGKOK: The air force has procured 14 Korean-made T-50TH advanced trainer jets, said a source yesterday (Aug 4).

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By Bangkok Post

Thursday 5 August 2021, 08:46AM


Four Korean-made T-50TH advanced trainer jets are parked at the air force’s Wing 4 in Nakhon Sawan’s Takhli district in April, 2018 awaiting an official ceremony to deliver them. Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill

Four Korean-made T-50TH advanced trainer jets are parked at the air force’s Wing 4 in Nakhon Sawan’s Takhli district in April, 2018 awaiting an official ceremony to deliver them. Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill

He was responding to a news report on Monday by Yonhap news agency that Korea Aerospace Industries Co (KAI), South Korea’s sole aircraft manufacturer, said it has a US$78 million (B2.5 billion) deal to supply trainer jets to Thailand.

Under the deal, KAI will supply two T-50TH advanced trainer jets to the Thai air force by November 2023, said the report, citing the company’s regulatory filing.

The first two T-50TH advanced trainer jets arrived in Thailand on Jan 21, 2018 while another two jets arrived later in March the same year, said the source.

Eight more jets were delivered on various occasions in 2019, said the source.

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The other two jets were purchased with a budget allotted to the air force in the fiscal year 2021 and are expected to arrive in Thailand in November 2023. It remains uncertain whether two more jets will be next purchased to make it a full fleet of 16 jets or not. Defence spending has come under scrutiny since the COVID pandemic started.

An air force source said 14 such jets are enough. These new trainer jets, which can also double as fighter jets, are to replace the L-39 ZA/ART aircraft, said the source.

KAI has achieved $400mn worth of deals to supply 16 T-50 trainer jets to date, said the Yonhap report. KAI has exported 156 trainer jets worth US$3.1bn - 72 T-50 advanced trainer jets worth US$2.6bn and 84 KT-1 basic trainer jets worth US$700mn - to countries including Indonesia, Turkey, and the Philippines since its foundation in 1999, said the report.

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Kurt | 06 August 2021 - 07:50:51

Jet deal was made in 2016-2017, first 4 jets arrived in 2018. Well, trainer jets are in a 'dog fight' no party for real fighter jets of enemy. They just need speed to get away of a air fighting scene as fast as possible. Defense wise trainer jets have no value in war time. 

Christy Sweet | 05 August 2021 - 15:20:58

42 billion baht on initial  purchase. Another red herring  for Prat  to 'cancel' in a day or two like the subs so he can look the savior. 

Foot | 05 August 2021 - 12:36:19

@Fascinated. You missed the point made by JohnC. When was the last war Thailand had with another country? 100 or 200 years ago? So with no wars, why does it need fighter planes of any kind? Hence, just more toys for the generals.

Fascinated | 05 August 2021 - 10:34:04

@JohnC- I bet you'd be the first to complain as well if an out-dated trainer that should have been replaced crashed. How would you feel about the military of your country using obsolescent equipment? This is an addition to equipment already in service but I guess sometimes its easier to moan. the comparison with the sub is daft. For the record I drove armoured vehicles that were older than me.

JohnC | 05 August 2021 - 09:01:02

Just what Thailand needs. More toys for the generals. As bad as the submarine fiasco.

 

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