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KAI successfully completes first flight test of KT-1P trainer for Peru

All Headlines 14:44 February 19, 2014

SEOUL, Feb. 19 (Yonhap) -- Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. (KAI) said Tuesday that it successfully conducted the first flight test of the KT-1P basic trainer aircraft that will be sent to Peru.

The country's sole aircraft manufacturer said the plane incorporates the light attack capabilities and tactical air controller functions of the KA-1 planes already in service, while meeting specifications laid down for the XKT-1, an export variant of the turboprop trainer.

"It is an upgraded version of the base KT-1 with weapons carrying capabilities and state-of-the-art avionics," the company said.

In said the plane will undergo further testing in the country to receive the necessary airworthiness certification from Seoul that takes into account its weapons suite, before it and three other aircraft are sent to the South American country in January 2015.

KAI won the US$210 million deal for 20 aircraft from Peru in November 2012.

The remaining 16 will be manufactured at the Las Palmas Air Force Base in Lima starting in May of this year, with all aircraft to be in service by 2016. The new planes will replace the old EMB-312 and MB-339 aircraft currently in Peru's inventory.

Production in Peru, using parts sent from South Korea, will be completed late next year.

The aerospace company said sales of the KT-1P can open new opportunities in the untapped Latin American market that has been monopolized by Embraer S.A., a Brazilian aircraft manufacturer.

Besides the 20 planes for Peru, there are some 104 KT-1s, including 20 KA-1s light attack planes, in service with the South Korean Air Force, with 17 operated by Indonesia and 40 by Turkey.

Industry sources said Turkey may be interested in acquiring 15 more planes, with Thailand and Rwanda showing interest in the tandem two-seat basic trainer.


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