1st batch of 24 fully armed FA-50 jets touchdown Iraq


Iraqi Air Force (IqAF) commander Lieutenant General Anwar Hamad Amin announced on 16 March that the IqAF has received its first batch of Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) T-50 jets, IHS Jane’s reports.

He said the fighters were delivered with weapons and equipment and would enter service in the near future.

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency announced in December 2013 that Iraq had ordered 24 of the FA-50 light attack variant of the T-50 trainer under a USD1.1 billion deal. However, KAI says supporting the aircraft over 20 years, also contracted, will take total revenue beyond $2 billion.

On 24 February 2009, Iraq was negotiating the acquisition of T-50 trainer jets, having first publicly expressed official interest during the Korea-Iraq summit in Seoul.

In April 2010, Iraq reopened the jet lead-in fighter-trainer competition for 24 aircraft, in which TA-50 competed.

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