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Peru eyes up to 24 South Korean FA-50 aircraft, along with KF-21 fighter jets

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Reports suggest that the Peruvian government is planning to purchase between 20 and 24 KAI FA-50 light combat aircraft, as well as a potential order of KF-21 Boromae fighter jets from South Korea.

According to defense media outlet , Peru is moving forward in negotiations with South Korea and South Korean aerospace and defense company Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for the purchase.

A letter of intent might be signed in the coming weeks, and the contract, valued at $780 million, could well be made before the end of 2024, the report said. 

On top of this investment, Peru is also considering whether to join the KF-21 fifth-generation fighter program, which could further modernize its air force and expand its aerospace capabilities.

Developed by KAI, the FA-50 has been in service with the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) since 2013. It is a light combat aircraft derived from the T-50 Golden Eagle light jet trainer, developed by KAI alongside Lockheed Martin. 

The aircraft is designed for multi-roles including light air-to-air, air-to-ground, and tactical reconnaissance missions. It is powered by a General Electric F404-GE-102 turbofan engine with 17,700 lbs of thrust.

According to several defense media outlets, the majority of the FA-50s would be assembled in Peru, with some components produced locally.

The FA-50s are intended to replace the Peruvian government精东影业 Cessna A-37B Dragonfly, which was used until 2023 by Air Group No. 7 in Piura, and the Aermacchi MB-339, operated by Air Squadron No. 513 of Air Group No. 51 in Pisco. Currently, Air Group No. 7 operates the KT-1.

The potential acquisition of the FA-50 is viewed by Peru as a strategic move towards participating in South Korea’s KF-21 fifth-generation fighter program. This may be to South Korea精东影业 advantage, since Indonesia has reduced its financial involvement in the program.

The KAI KF-21 Boramae is a fighter aircraft development program with the goal of producing an advanced multirole fighter for the South Korean and Indonesian air forces.聽

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