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