Bangladesh, Philippines may acquire KT-1 Woongbi trainers

Bangladesh, Philippines may acquire KT-1 Woongbi trainers 23 June, 2020

The diplomats of Bangladesh and the Philippines to Republic of Korea (ROK) confirmed that there are ongoing discussions with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) on potential sale of the company’s KT-1 Woongbi turboprop trainer aircraft.

The announcement was coincidentally made at the day Turkish Aerospace Hürkus-B trainer crashed in Ankara Beypazari.

In a report by Korea JoongAng Daily, Bangladesh Ambassador ROK Abida Islam confirmed her country is considering the KT-1 aircraft for requirements of the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF), but has not confirmed the exact quantity and will still be dependent on the price. The BAF is expected to acquire 24 primary trainer aircraft, based on the Bangladesh government's previous announcements on planned procurements.

Philippines chargé d’affaires Christian De Jesus confirmed that talks are ongoing with the Philippine government on the possible purchase of the KT-1 for the Philippine Air Force (PAF).

The Philippines already operates the KAI FA-50 Fighting Eagle lead-in trainer / light combat aircraft, and previously considered the KAI KUH-1 Surion helicopter, before deciding to go with another model.

Currently the KT-1 Woongbi is in service with the air forces of ROK, Indonesia, Peru, and Turkey.

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