Korea Flies First Export T-50 Trainer Jets for Indonesia

 - March 22, 2013, 1:25 PM
Korea Aerospace Industries has flown the first T-50 advanced jet trainer for the Indonesian Air Force.

The first T-50 advanced jet trainer for the Indonesian Air Force has been flown in Korea by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI). The first export order for the T-50 was placed in 2011, and is worth $400 million for 16 aircraft, according to the Indonesians.

Indonesian pilots are scheduled to train on the T-50 in Korea before the first aircraft are ferried to the southeast Asian nation later this year. They are replacing BAE Hawk Mk 53s in the 15th squadron.

Indonesia also evaluated the Aermacchi M346, Aero Vodochody L-159 and Yak-130 before selecting the T-50. Indonesia previously bought KT-1 primary trainers from KAI, while Korea bought 12 CN-235 twin-turboprop transports from the Bandung licensed production line.