01 Agustus 2017

First Two T-50TH will be Delivered in November 2019

01 Agustus 2017


T-50TH with the marking of 401 light attack squadron RTAF (image : Thairath)

Thailand procures more T-50 trainers

Thailand has bought eight additional T-50TH Golden Eagle advanced jet trainers from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), with an approximate $260 million government-to-government contract signed on 30 July.

The purchase had been earlier approved by the Thai cabinet on 11 July. KAI said the first two aircraft would be delivered in November 2019 and the remainder by May 2020.

AVM Pongsak Semachai revealed that the aircraft would be paid for over a three-year period.

The kingdom purchased four T-50 jets in a September 2015 deal worth $110 million. These are due to be delivered to the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) by mid-2018 and will be operated by Wing 4 based at Takhli Air Base in Nakhon Sawan. Six pilots are currently undergoing training on the new platform.

Specifications about the RTAF’s T-50s are scant, but they are expected to feature an Elbit Systems ELM-2032 fire control radar, the ability to carry armaments and future provision for a Link 16 data link.

T-50TH trainer jets will replace dwindling numbers of Aero Vodochody L-39ZA Albatros trainers that have been in service for training and combat roles since the early 1990s. They are becoming increasingly expensive to keep in service.

Furthermore, modern trainer jets are needed to help pilots transition to new fighters such as the Saab Gripen. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said: ‘It will only bring more damage if we provide insufficient training.’

It is understood that the RTAF will acquire an additional four T-50THs in a third batch in order to fulfil its requirement for 16 such aircraft.

The acquisition of these aircraft will bring the total value of military hardware bought by the junta since the 2014 coup to about $2.19 billion.

Thailand has been increasingly turning to China’s embrace for defence equipment, but interestingly the T-50 won out over the Hongdu L-15 when a competition for the new trainer was originally held.

Prayuth argued that the choice of the T-50 proved that Thailand is open to doing business with any country, including the US.

In May, KAI completed delivery of the final FA-50PH light attack aircraft to the Philippines, which is now operating twelve airframes. Indonesia is another regional customer for the T-50. 

KAI has sold 64 T-50 aircraft worldwide to date for a combined worth of $2.93 billion.

(Shephard)

35 komentar:

  1. Asean country ranked by airforce strength..

    1.indonesia
    2.
    3.
    4.
    5.singapore
    6.vietnam
    7.thailand


    dead last..malaysia

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    1. Hahahaha.
      Wekekekekeke

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    2. dont say Timor leste mr ben...it hurts...

      Hapus
    3. Orang iri hati komentar pasti koment kayak sampah

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    4. Muaatamu sampah..seng ngiri i aku opo kowe cuk?? ojo ngomong sak geleme wae..tak kampleng ndasmu mengko..aku ngomongin fakta lo cuk..kekuatan airforcenya indonesia terletak di domestic suplier yg hanya satu2nya dia asia tenggara mampu bikin pesawat sendiri..baik pesawat tempur atau heli..utk militer maupun sipil...dari situ aku nilaikan airforcenya indonesia seng paling tangguh ning asean..kowe kudu moco seng akeh..ojo liren golek ilmu..ojo ndlodok karo wong tuwe..seng rukun nek karo sedulur..ojo sak karepe dewe wae..ngerti??

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    5. amit2..iki siji maneh..ono wae seng salah..aku arep ngomong piye jal?? mbok yo ojo kakean kritik..jal takon karo mat rempit,bener opo ra omonganku..wong indonesia kudu optimis bro..kapan bangsa ini mau maju??

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    6. Optimis Karo lebay bedo bro...Optimis dan sombong itu beda bro..optimis itu juga sesuai realita bro..Wong Seng maju kui wong seng ISO dikritik...Behave Itu juga perlu bro...Liat aja tiap ada artikel siapa yg akhirnya banyak kena "warning" just behave for your self...Let's make good discussion here, with good attitude and pride.. if you are an Malaysian just be a Malaysian please..Tp jika kmu NKRI please be a good Indonesian..And smack Malaysian hhhh

      Hapus
    7. yo nduk...sak karepmu lah..

      Hapus
    8. Gundul mu mletos.. dasar malon pondan jadi lah malon sejati.. kah kah kah

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    9. Komentar ini telah dihapus oleh pengarang.

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    10. Wkwkwk bikin malu aja lu cebong, tolol boleh asal jgn kuadrat. Elo bilang indonesia di posisi pertama. Alesan nya apa goblok?... jls pespur kita itu basic kebanyakan bilang blnya best best wkwwkwkw Stupid coment.
      Jgn bikin malu indonesia lah. Lu bego tolol goblok cebong.
      Ini rank top airforce
      1.Singapore
      2.Thailand (support 3 unit AEW&C)
      3.malaysian with best Sukhoi Family with SU-30MKM, F-18D hornet upgrade EW, MiG-29N aja.sudah di upgrad.
      4. Indo or Vietnam
      5-10 etc blablabla

      Dasar cebomg rabies masi aja ada

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    11. Koment nya sok iyey banget ini si anak peneroka, HAHAHA Stupid
      "Harus optimis, kapan bangsa ini maju"?.. emg dgn lo bilang gtu trus ngejatuhin asli rank kemampuan lain, posisi indo bakal ada pling atas wkwkwkw beli senjata aja jaman cebong ngeteng. Komeng lo udh kliatan modal bacot shercing lah apa susah nya. MALU BRO KELIATAN TOLOL NYA banyak yg baca komen SAMPAH loh wkwkwk
      Paling anak kemaren sore, sring komeny di sini di kira militer kita bakal WOW gtu liat fakta dan realita'a aja, mau hebat ya beli bkn ngebacot. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ‘Š✊

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    1. Wuff wuff wuff....it should be like that suwangdaruru..
      Hahahaha

      Hapus
    2. Mohon maaf utk member malaysia, ini suwandaru stupid member from indo.
      Lo jgn bikin rasis mulu babi, norak lu komen lo di baca org mana kaga jelas lago koment nya. Coba lah jgn menunjukan kebodohan diri elo sendiri, ngga ada untung nya ngurusin negara lain.
      Nah malaysia Sukhoi SU-30MKM itu yg terbaik loh di seri Su-30, lalu F-18D hornet baru2 ini sudah di upgrad kemampuan mya bkn cmn itu aja Hornet jg udah bawa GBU smart bom, lah kita emg punya?.... lalu MiG-29N jg sdh di upgrad.

      Apa masalah lu swandaru tolol?... bego nih di jaman nya kodok pada muncul

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    3. youre a really nice guy bro Restu Agung..good job..respect for what you did..

      Hapus
  3. Based on our experience in the automotive sector, the Korean cars are cheap to own but expensive to maintain. If we apply the same analogy here, the planes are cheap to buy but expensive to maintain? Time will tell whether this is true, but I hope not.

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    1. Its no longer cheap to buy. Koreans are progressing.

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    2. expensive bcause theres not enough service centre bro..japan still dominan in indonesian market..their after sales service is unmatch by korean..korean domestic market is not strong enough to support their global ambition..to be at the same level with japan..

      Hapus
    3. Japan is just getting started. Yes they have a better standard and ability. Rmb they just allowed themselves to export military hardware. They never exported following ww2.

      Hapus
    4. im talking about automotive bro..not military hardware

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  5. The T-50's are silently spreading its wings in Asia. Wouldn't it be nice if ASEAN have an integrated equipment. Congrats Thailand!

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  6. The T-50's are silently spreading its wings in Asia. Wouldn't it be nice if ASEAN have an integrated equipment. Congrats Thailand!

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    1. Maybe. Maybe not. Depends on what the nations want. RSAF uses alenia aermacchi M-346 Master. Advance jet trainer/light attack.

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    2. IAF use T-50i for augment patrol beside its primary task as trainer.

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  7. Guess, Id & Phl will have to invite Thl to t50/fa50 operation exchange they had this year.

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