Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) has signed a $60 million contract with Indonesia for seven KT-1 basic trainers. The deal marks the first export of a South Korean developed aircraft.

The first Pratt &Whitney PT6 powered KT-1 for the South Korean air force was delivered in November last year. The air force has 85 on order and is expected to order 25 further aircraft modified for the forward air controller role.

Indonesia is known to require 20 basic trainers to replace elderly Beech T-34C Turbo Mentors, but funding is not available. Talks are on-going with Colombia, Israel, the Philippines and Turkey, says KAI.

Source: Flight International