Korea delivering T-50i trainers to Indonesia

Oct. 2, 2013 at 10:40 AM

SEOUL, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Korea Aerospace Industries has begun delivering its T-50i supersonic jet trainer/light multirole fighter to Indonesia under a $400 million sales deal.

The T-50i Golden Eagle was developed by Korea Aerospace Industries with Lockheed Martin. It entered active service with the Republic of Korea Air Force in 2005.

The aircraft has a maximum speed of 1,100 mph at an altitude of 10,000 feet, a range of 1,150 miles and a service ceiling of 48,000 feet. It is armed with a 20mm cannon and can carry a variety of missiles.

Indonesia ordered 16 of the aircraft

KAI said the first delivery took place last month, with the aircraft flying to Indonesia via Taiwan and the Philippines. When deliveries are completed by the end of this year, a total of eight flights -- of two aircraft per flight -- will have taken place.

Indonesia is KAI's first foreign customer for the Golden Eagle.

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