US blocks South Korean KAI Golden Eagle export

12:17:00 AM
SEOUL, -- The US has refused a proposed South Korean export of 12 Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) Golden Eagle light fighter/trainer aircraft to Uzbekistan, the Korean Times revealed on 26 October.

The newspaper suggested the deal, worth USD400 million, was dependent on US approval due to the integration of Lockheed Martin technology on the platform during its co-development with KAI.

However, sources close to IHS Janes have indicated that the proposed export was of the KAI FA-50, the more capable armed variant of T-50 trainer, meaning that US restrictions on lethal military equipment exports to Uzbekistan were likely the cause of its refusal to approve the deal.

The Korea Aerospace Industries FA-50 Golden Eagle light attack, multirole fighter all-weather version.

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