Thailand to procure eight more T-50THs from South Korea

11 July 2017

The Thai Cabinet approved on 11 July a Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) proposal to procure additional T-50TH (Thailand) Golden Eagle lead-in fighter trainer aircraft from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI).

The proposal – tabled by Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan - features the acquisition of eight aircraft for THB8.8 billion (USD258 million), with payment to be spread over four fiscal years, Jane’s understands. A contract to secure the deal is expected to be signed later this month.

The new procurement constitutes the RTAF’s second batch of T-50THs. The RTAF signed a THB3.7 billion contract with KAI to procure four T-50THs in September 2015, with deliveries in 2018.

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