Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is currently upgrading the T-50 Golden Eagle Lead-In Fighter Trainers of the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) with radars, Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) and Counter Measures Dispenser System (CMDS).
The final delivery of the upgraded aircraft to the RTAF is scheduled for October 2021. A KAI official says the US$52 mil- lion deal could raise the performance of the T-50TH and further, will keep a high operation rate via the smooth operation of the aircraft.
Thailand had purchased four of T-50 in 2015 and made second deal to purchase eight more in 2017. The four aircraft under the first order have been inducted for training since March 2018, while the eight additional units will be delivered by 2020, starting later this year.
The T-50 family is equipped with the Elta EL/M-2032 pulse Doppler radar. The aircraft variants are currently under operation in Thailand, the Philippines, and Indonesia. KAI is eyeing to export the aircraft to Malaysia and Argentina.
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