T-50 Golden Eagle orders boost for KAI

A further two KAI T-50TH Golden Eagle lead-in fighter trainers are being purchased to boost the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) fleet, bringing the in-service total of the type to 14 aircraft.

The August 2 confirmation by KAI that a contract had been placed to buy the additional aircraft followed an announcement of the intent on July 14 by the RTAF director of operations. A budget of US$72m had been allocated for the purchase, although KAI said the final contract was worth US$78m in total.

One of the first two RTAF T-50TH Golden Eagles passing through Kaohsiung International Airport, Taiwan, during its delivery flight in January 2018. KAI announced on August 2 the RTAF ordered a further two to add to the 12 already in service. Kaohsiung International Airport

The deal includes the two new aircraft, spares and logistics support, plus related tools and equipment. The RTAF had hoped to be able to purchase four aircraft but having to divert funds to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic reduced the available budget.

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