OUR N E W   W E B   S I T E   "WORLD AIR FORCE NEWS"
 
  
 
 

WORLD AIR WAR HISTORY


 
  HOME > ASIAN AIR FORCE NEWS >

South Korea Buys Local FA-50 Jet Fighters

South Korea Buys Local FA-50 Jet Fighters

South Korea has ordered another 40 of the locally made FA-50 fighter-bombers for $25.5 million each. Two years ago the South Korean Air Force ordered the first twenty (for $30 million each), and the first of these is to arrive in three months with the last of that first order arriving within three years.

The FA-50 will be equipped with South Korean, American, and Israeli electronics. The single engine, single seat aircraft is intended to eventually replace South Korea's aging fleet of 150 F-5 fighters. But first, the initial FA-50s will have to show what they can do in active service. That process will begin later this year.

The FA-50 is the combat version of the South Korean designed and manufactured T-50 jet trainer. This aircraft was developed over the last decade, at a cost of over two billion dollars. The first test flight of the T-50 took place in 2002. The 18 ton aircraft is actually a light fighter and can fly at supersonic speeds. The T-50 is an “advanced trainer” meant to prepare trainee pilots with the skills needed to handle jet fighters. With some added equipment (radars and fire control), the T-50 becomes the FA-50, a combat aircraft. This version carries a 20mm auto-cannon and up to 4.5 tons of smart bombs and missiles. The T-50 can stay in the air about four hours per sortie and has a service life of 8,000 hours in the air.

At $20 million each, the T-50 is one of the more competitive jet trainers on the market. About 100-150 trainers are bought each year by the world's air forces. But it is a tough market, and so far the only export customer for the T-50 has been 16 sold to Indonesia. Nearly a hundred T-50 type aircraft have been produced or are on order. In addition to the FA-50 variant, there is a light bomber variant (the TA-50) that costs $25 million each.


Source: strategypage.com - 25 May 2013

Photo: The South Korean Air Force FA-50 Fighter Aircraft (Photo by bemil.chosun.com)


(5/25/2013)


 
  CONTINENTAL NEWS:

American Air Force News
African Air Force News
Asian Air Force News
European Air Force News
Middle Eastern AF News
Ocean Air Force News


• Is North Korea's Air Force a Big Threat or Totally Obsolete?

(9/15/2017)
While old, the An-2 is one still an effective SOF support machines due to its low radar cross-section, ability to fly low and slow under the radar and rugged construction....>>

• Russian Navy Confirms Plans to Build New Aircraft Carrier

(6/28/2017)
According to reports, Russia is planning construction of a new aircraft carrier....>>

• Bangladesh Signs Contract With Russia to Buy 5 Mi-171Sh Helicopters

(6/26/2017)
Bangladesh has signed a contract with Russia's state arms exporter Rosoboronexport for the purchase of five Mi-171Sh military transport helicopters produced by the Russian Helicopt...>>

• New Wings: Russia's Aerospace Forces to Get Second Wind

(6/25/2017)
Russia’s fleet of combat aircraft will reach 90 percent renewal before 2025, the Aerospace Forces’ Commander Viktor Bondarev told Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star) newspaper....>>

• Azerbaijan Receives Large Batch of Russian Arms

(6/24/2017)
Azerbaijan received a large batch of Russian weapons and military equipment, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said Saturday....>>

• Chinese Sub-Hunting Aircraft, Drones Now Patrolling South China Sea

(6/24/2017)
Satellite imagery acquired by Defense News indicates unmanned aircraft and China’s newest Y-8X maritime patrol aircraft – equipped with a seven-meter long Magnetic Anamoly Detector...>>

• Russia Looks to Maintain Huge Share of Global Arms Market

(6/21/2017)
One of Russia’s top arms trade officials believes markets will remain pretty steady over the next few years — and that Moscow won’t be losing any ground as the world’s second large...>>

 



       info@xairforces.net Webmaster: REFLX DESIGN - © 2011 xairforces / Aviation Society,