The state-run arms procurement agency has signed a deal to procure 20 new homegrown trainer jets for the Air Force, officials said Monday (June 29).

Under the 688.3 billion-won (US$573.34 million) deal, Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) will supply 20 TA-50 Block-2 aircraft, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said. They will be deployed by 2024, the agency added.

TA-50 Block-2 is an upgraded version of KAI’s T-50 trainer jet, which is now in service. The new planes will replace KF-16 fighters, according to DAPA officials.


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