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[ASEAN-Korea summit] Malaysian premier visits KAI’s production facility

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad visited the production site of South Korea’s sole aircraft manufacturer Korea Aerospace Industries during his trip for the ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit in Busan, the company said Monday.

He was briefed on the light attack aircraft FA-50, basic trainer KT-1 and Surion helicopter KUH-1.

“We have come to trust KAI more after seeing the production facilities and hope to continue our partnership,” Mohamad said. 


Caption: KAI CEO Ahn Hyun-ho (right) gives a model of FA-50 to Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad at KAI’s aircraft production site on Monday. (KAI)
Caption: KAI CEO Ahn Hyun-ho (right) gives a model of FA-50 to Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad at KAI’s aircraft production site on Monday. (KAI)

KAI pitched the light attack aircraft FA-50 for the Malaysian Air Force which is currently in the process of introducing the next high-trainer and light combat aircraft. The FA-50 is a light attack aircraft that has been recognized by the Korean Air Force for its capability.

If Malaysia purchases FA-50 aircrafts, it will be the fourth nation after Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand.

KAI also showcased its other aircrafts, including FA-50, KT-1, and KUH-1, at Gimhae Airport for leaders from ASEAN countries who participated in the four-day summit that began on Monday.

The aerospace and defense company earlier introduced its aircrafts, such as FA-50, to Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. 

By Shin Ji-hye (shinjh@heraldcorp.com)

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