KAI seeks new orders from Thai air force

By Cho Chung-un
  • Published : Nov 19, 2019 - 16:05
  • Updated : Nov 19, 2019 - 16:05

Korea Aerospace Industries, South Korea’s sole aircraft manufacturer, is participating in a four-day exhibition in Bangkok to promote its technological competitiveness and to pursue new contracts from the Southeast Asian country, ranked 26th in military strength.

At the Defense and Security 2019, KAI will introduce three major products that have already won international recognition for their advanced technological features and competitive prices. The list includes KT-1, a single engine turboprop for basic training, FA-50 Fight Eagle light fighters and Surion, a twin-engine transport utility helicopter.

South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo (center) visits KAI’s booth at the Defense and Security 2019 held in Bangkok, on Monday. (KAI)

To encourage KAI’s overseas sales effort, South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo said during his visit to the firm’s exhibition booth that the government will help domestic defense companies make inroads into overseas markets. He was in Bangkok to participate in a ministerial meeting between Korea and Southeast Asian countries.

KAI has so far exported 12 units of T-50 to Thailand since 2015. It is seeking additional orders from the Thai air force to strengthen its military power and to provide effective pilot training, the company said.

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