Posted April. 10, 2017 07:11,
Updated April. 10, 2017 08:54
The Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has completed the delivery of all 20 KT-1P military trainer aircraft (photo), which was developed by its own technology for export.
An event to celebrate the final delivery of KT-1P aircraft was held on Friday (local time) in Las Palmas Air Base, Peru, the South Korean aircraft maker said on Sunday. Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, Defense Minister Jorge Nieto Montesinos, KAI President Ha Sung-yong, and Korean ambassador to Peru Jang Keun-ho attended the event.
KAI signed a contract for export of KT-1P with Peru, which was worth at approximately 200 million U.S. dollars in 2012. Among the total 20 units, four units were built in Korea and 16 were produced in a local joint assembly line in Peru. KT-1P is a multipurpose aircraft developed by improving fighting equipment and military capability based on basic trainer its KT-1 and armed trainer KA-1, both of which were developed with Korea’s own technology. The KT-1Ps delivered this time will replace aging EMB-312, MB-399 aircraft, which are currently in service with Peru.
"We hope that KT-1P, developed by KAI’s technology, can contribute to reinforce the military capability of the Peruvian Air Force," KAI President Ha Sung-yong said.
KAI expects that the successful delivery of aircraft to Peru this time will have a positive effect on other projects to export its KT-1 basic trainers and T-50 advanced trainer jects that the company is developing with other countries.