|Brazil to buy S. Korean trainer jets with weapons capability |
www.chinaview.cn 2005-05-12 16:17:33
SEOUL, May 12 (Xinhuanet) -- Brazils' air force chief has proposed that South Korea export its supersonic trainer jets to the South American country after adding attack capability to the aircraft, South Korean news agency Yonhap quoted an official as saying Thursday.
Gen. Luis Carlos da Silva Bueno flew to Seoul on Saturday for an eight-day trip to discuss cooperation on defense-related industries between the two countries.
Bueno told South Korean Air Force officials that Brazil is willing to buy South Korea's T-50 trainer jets, if those are upgraded to F-50s, an aircraft that is equipped with both anti-ground and anti-air weapons systems, a top South Korean Air Force officer said, requesting anonymity.
South Korea's state-run Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), the manufacturer of T-50s, is examining the proposal in a "positive" manner, the official said.
The T-50, dubbed Golden Eagle, is the world's only supersonic trainer jet under development by the KAI in a technology partnership with Lockheed Martin Co. The KAI will deliver 94 T-50sto its air force by 2011, starting from October this year.
The plane is equipped with a range of advanced systems to train pilots in both current and next-generation combat aircraft.