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ROK to Get First South Korean Fighter

ROK to Get First South Korean Fighter

South Korea’s first home-grown light combat fighter, built by Korean Aerospace Industries and named the FA-50, will be delivered to the Air Force this week, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration said Sunday.

The FA-50 is a light combat aircraft that was developed based on KAI’s T-50 Golden Eagle, a supersonic advanced trainer, to replace the military’s retired fighters such as the Northrop F-5E/F and the Cessna A-37. The first FA-50 will be handed over to the Air Force on Tuesday, the administration said. Officials say the multirole FA-50, which completed its 47-month evaluation process between 2008 and October last year, is comparable to the General Dynamics KF-16 aircraft and is able to load up to 4.5 tons of weapons, including precision-guided bombs.

“The Air Force’s direct operation of the FA-50 will have a positive effect on its exports in the future,” said an administration official.

By Yonhap News Agency

Updated: August 18, 2013 — 11:44 PM

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