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SEOUL, (BM) – Bulgaria negotiates with South Korea for construction of combat aircraft assembly plant, learned BulgarianMilitary.com
Within the framework of his visit to the Republic of Korea, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov laid a wreath in tribute to the memory of the Korean citizens who lost their lives in the independence movement during the Korean and the Vietnam War.
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The visit of the Bulgarian delegation continued with a visit to the Hyundai research and development centre. Bulgaria has made an offer to the Korean side to invest in the construction, in Bulgaria, of a Hyundai automobile factory. Boyko Borissov pointed out that the company’s board of directors is expected to come up with a decision.
Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov on his part conducted negotiations for the construction of a T-50 combat aircraft assembly plant – manufactured jointly by South Korea and the American company Lockheed Martin.
The KAI T-50 Golden Eagle is a family of South Korean supersonic advanced trainers and light combat aircraft, developed by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) with Lockheed Martin.
The T-50 is South Korea’s first indigenous supersonic aircraft and one of the world’s few supersonic trainers. Development began in the late 1990s, and its maiden flight occurred in 2002. The aircraft entered active service with the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) in 2005.
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The T-50 has been further developed into aerobatic and combat variants, namely T-50B, TA-50, and FA-50. The F-50 single-seat multirole fighter variant was considered. The T-50B serves with the South Korean air force’s aerobatics team. The TA-50 light attack variant has been ordered by Indonesia. The Philippines ordered 12 units of the FA-50 variant. The T-50A was marketed as a candidate for the United States Air Force’s next-generation T-X trainer program but failed to win. Thailand ordered 12 units of the T-50 advanced trainer variant.