Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) participated in the Egypt Defence Expo (EDEX 2023) which took place in Cairo from 04-07 December with the aim to boost partnerships with the Arab Republic of Egypt, as the country’s sole aircraft manufacturer expands its presence in the Middle East and North Africa.
“During the exhibition, we engaged in discussions with high-ranking government officials and senior military officers from Egypt and other Middle Eastern and African countries to explore collaboration opportunities. Our focus will be on creating new business ideas and strengthening partnerships,” KAI said in a statement.
The company said it aims to introduce its next-generation aircraft, with the FA-50 light attacker being considered as a promising candidate for the Egyptian Air Force, given its commonality with Egypt’s primary fighter jet, the F-16.
Last year, Poland signed a deal to purchase 48 FA-50s, while Malaysia also inked a contract to import 18 of the light combat jets, TheKoreaTimes reported.
KAI views that if the FA-50 is selected by the Egyptian Air Force, it will benefit the Egyptian aerospace industry and also contribute to a mutually beneficial relationship between the two nations in the long term.
“If the FA-50 is chosen, we will build a win-win relationship with the Egyptian aerospace industry and further enhance strategic partnerships with Africa and the Middle East,” a KAI official said.
At EDEX, KAI also showcased its T-50 advanced jet trainer aircraft to Egyptian officials, as the company views that Egypt is the largest market behind the U.S. for such aircraft.
During the Pyramid Air Show held in August 2022, the Republic of Korea Air Force’s Black Eagles aerobatic team demonstrated the advanced capabilities of the T-50 series aircraft, leaving a strong impression on Egyptian Air Force officials.
Korea Aerospace Industries, LTD. is the sole aircraft manufacturer in Korea. The company provides totally from the development to support and training, including upgrade & MRO a range of fixed wing aircraft; KF-21 Korean Fighter Boramae, T-50 advanced jet trainer and KT-1 basic trainer, rotary wing aircraft; KUH, Korean Utility Helicopter as for Surion, LCH Light Civil Helicopter, LAH Light Armed Helicopter, airframe business and space programs. (KAI; TheKoreaTimes; Photo © KAI)