Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has secured a new aerostructures contract from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) for the Gulfstream G280 business jet, and has commenced work on a support contract for the Iraqi air force’s T-150IQ fleet.

KAI officials signed the G280 agreement during a visit to IAI in Israel. The Korean firm produces 16 composite structures that the Israeli firm uses in the business jet’s wings.

Iraq T-50IQ KAI

Source: KAI

Iraq operates 24 T-50IQs

In addition, the two companies discussed cooperation in areas such as unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) and loitering munitions.

The KAI team also held discussions with Elbit Systems about long-endurance UAVs.

Separately, KAI has also started work under the Iraqi T-50IQ support contract originally announced in November 2021. The deal has a value of $360 million and runs to February 2025.

It covers maintenance, logistical support, and a munitions management programme for Iraq’s fleet of 2416 T-50IQs.

The company adds that it has hired retired South Korean non-commissioned officers and other veterans to fill support roles such as maintenance education, flight training, and follow-up support.