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South Korea delivers 16 T-50i jet trainers to Indonesia

Feb. 14, 2014 at 6:05 AM

SEOUL, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- South Korea has completed delivery of 16 T-50i trainer jets to Indonesia.

The supersonic 16 T-50i Golden Eagle trainer jets were built by Korea Aerospace Industries and are part of a $400 million contract signed in May 2011. KAI said it delivered the aircraft from September through January, using ferry flights via Taiwan and the Philippines, Yonhap News Agency reported.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono Thursday hosted a ceremony for the induction of the 16 T-50i Golden Eagle aircraft into the Indonesian air force at the Halim Perdanakusumah Airport in Jakarta, which was attended by the South Korean Air Force chief and senior military officials of both countries.

South Korea's state-run Defense Acquisition Program Administrator Lee Yong-geol said the T-50i "is the symbol of the close relations and cooperation in the defense industry of the two nations." KAI is to provide maintenance and other support for the Indonesian air force in the future.

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