IAF trainer race narrows as MOD chief flies to Seoul

January 4, 2012 01:08

Defense Ministry Dir.-Gen. Udi Shani will leave Thursday morning for South Korea in a final round of talks ahead of an Israeli decision over an ongoing tender for the Israel Air Force's next trainer aircraft.

Shani will meet top Korean defense officials in Seoul in an effort to nail down the level of industrial cooperation Israeli defense industries can expect to receive from Korea if the IAF selects Korean Aerospace Industries' (KAI) T50 Golden Eagle.

Shani's trip to Seoul comes just a week after he visited Italy, the other contender in the race which has offered Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master. The aircraft selected by Israel will replace the Skyhawk, currently used as a trainer by IAF pilots in the advanced stages of their training.

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