Indonesia considers to purchase S. Korea's trainer jets

15:22, August 12, 2010      

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Indonesian Air Force Commander Marshall Imam Syafaat said Thursday that South Korean trainer jet T-50 Golden Eagle is the most potential option to replace the air force's Hawk Mk 53 planes that would be decommissioned in 2011.

Imam said that T-50 Golden Eagle was one of three trainer jets considered by the government to replace the British Aerospace's Hawk Mk 53 two-seater trainer/light attack jets that have been in service with Indonesian Air Force since 1980's. Indonesia operates 38 Hawk Mk 53 planes.

"The other two trainer jet planes considered by the government are Russian-made Yakovlev Yak 130 and Czech's Aero L159 Alca," Imam said.

The consideration to opt the T-50 was mainly based on the planned joint production of fighter jets between the two countries that would come into force in 2012.

He said that Indonesia would take benefits if it operates the South Korean planes due to the jet plane development cooperation, which is expected to jointly produce the T-50 planes in the two countries.

According to Imam, T-50 Golden Eagle has more superior options if compared to the ones produced by Czech's Aero planemaker, L 159.

"T-50 Golden Eagle is the South Korea's fourth generation of plane production. It is fitted with more sophisticated instruments that are not found in the Czech planes," Imam said.

He said that the Russian plane, Yak 130, is considered as the last option due to the tight procedure and mechanism to purchase the plane required by Russia.

Imam said that the air force would submit the proposal to acquire the trainer jets to the defense minister in the near future.

Source: Xinhua


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