News Korean FA-50 competes with Pakistan-China developed jet in Malaysia

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FA-50 light attack aircraft

By Kang Seung-woo

The FA-50, the nation's first domestically developed light attack aircraft, is competing against the Pakistani-Chinese jointly manufactured JF-17 fighter for the Malaysian Air Force's Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) program, under which Kuala Lumpur seeks to purchase 18 jets to replace its aging MiG-29 fleet, according to sources, Sunday.

"Despite interest from a diverse group of manufacturers, the FA-50 and JF-17 are the finalists," the source said.

The FA-50 is a variant of the T-50 supersonic trainer jet, manufactured by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI).

Since its first deployment in October 2013, 60 FA-50s are operated by the Korean Air Force. In addition, the FA-50 has been exported to Iraq, the Philippines and Thailand.

Initially, France's Rafale, the multinational Eurofighter and the United States' F-18 were put forward for the Malaysian program, but the project has been downsized to purchasing light attack aircraft due to budget issues, giving a fighting chance to India's Tejas, Italy's M346 and Russia's Y-130.

Should the KAI win the deal, it would be a huge compensation for its failed exports to Argentina.

Despite interest from Buenos Aires, the KAI, which uses several British-made parts in the FA-50, was unable to close a deal for the sale of eight aircraft due to an arms embargo imposed by the British government on the South American country.

However, the FA-50 is reportedly behind the JF-17 in the race as the latter possesses a better mid-range weapons capacity which is a requirement of the Malaysian Air Force.


 

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FA-50 light attack aircraft

By Kang Seung-woo

The FA-50, the nation's first domestically developed light attack aircraft, is competing against the Pakistani-Chinese jointly manufactured JF-17 fighter for the Malaysian Air Force's Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) program, under which Kuala Lumpur seeks to purchase 18 jets to replace its aging MiG-29 fleet, according to sources, Sunday.

"Despite interest from a diverse group of manufacturers, the FA-50 and JF-17 are the finalists," the source said.

The FA-50 is a variant of the T-50 supersonic trainer jet, manufactured by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI).

Since its first deployment in October 2013, 60 FA-50s are operated by the Korean Air Force. In addition, the FA-50 has been exported to Iraq, the Philippines and Thailand.

Initially, France's Rafale, the multinational Eurofighter and the United States' F-18 were put forward for the Malaysian program, but the project has been downsized to purchasing light attack aircraft due to budget issues, giving a fighting chance to India's Tejas, Italy's M346 and Russia's Y-130.

Should the KAI win the deal, it would be a huge compensation for its failed exports to Argentina.

Despite interest from Buenos Aires, the KAI, which uses several British-made parts in the FA-50, was unable to close a deal for the sale of eight aircraft due to an arms embargo imposed by the British government on the South American country.

However, the FA-50 is reportedly behind the JF-17 in the race as the latter possesses a better mid-range weapons capacity which is a requirement of the Malaysian Air Force.



S.Koreans will slowly learn that their planes have to be ITAR free if they want greater market penetration.. Shame they couldn't sell FA-50 to Bueno Aires. And likely, ITAR Free consideration may be taken by Malaysia. JF17 is a superior plane IMO..

ITAR not ATAR - correction
 
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S.Koreans will slowly learn that their planes have to be ATAR free if they want greater market penetration.. Shame they couldn't sell FA-50 to Bueno Aires. And likely, ATAR Free consideration may be taken by Malaysia. JF17 is a superior plane IMO..

I agree with you. Unfortunately their client portfolios are tied to the interests of the united states.
 

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At least if they're going for the JF-17, the should aim for the block III with those KLJ AESA, and if possible replace the engine with more reliable western ones like F414 instead of RD-93.
 

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At least if they're going for the JF-17, the should aim for the block III with those KLJ AESA, and if possible replace the engine with more reliable western ones like F414 instead of RD-93.

Engine replacement is not such an easy modification. Replacing the engine means rebuilding the jet again. Because with this change, all the parameters of the jet will change. All test parameters, performance parameters material design parameters,etc..
 

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Engine replacement is not such an easy modification. Replacing the engine means rebuilding the jet again. Because with this change, all the parameters of the jet will change. All test parameters, performance parameters material design parameters,etc..
I thought the JF-17 is future proof for engine integration consider that they'll intergrate Chinese WS-13 ?
 
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