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Korea is taking to air with first aircraft exports

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Apr 26,2003
Korea is adding aircraft to its growing list of exports. Korea Aerospace Industries, Ltd. announced yesterday the shipping of the KT-1B, a propeller-driven military training plane, to Indonesia. The celebration was attended by Indonesia’s chief of military staff. The aerospace company said it will export a total of seven planes to Indonesia before the end of this year. “This marks the opening of Korea’s export of planes,” an official from the firm said. “The first exported plane was developed and manufactured with our own technology.” In 2001, the company won $60 million order from Indonesia for seven KT-1B airplanes, including maintenance and training. The KT-1B can fly up to 5 hours without refueling and can be used as an attack craft. The company said Singapore has expressed interest in the plane. It said it aims to export 150 of the planes by 2012. by Lee Young-lyoul


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