The South Korean defense ministry has ensured production of the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) T-50 series until at least 2016 by ordering about 40 of the type’s light-attack variant, the FA-50. While any aircraft must stay in production to increase its chances of gaining exports, the stakes are particularly high for the T-50 program, which is a contender to replace the U.S. Air Force’s T-38s under the T-X program. With the latest order, KAI’s T-50 series production rate looks ...

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