Iraq receives new batch of South Korean T-50 fighter jets
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Iraq on Sunday announced it received a new shipment of South Korean T-50 fighter jets as part of a military agreement between the two countries.
In a statement, the Iraqi Ministry of Defense said it had received the third batch of aircrafts, which consisted of six jets.
The total number of T-50 planes Iraq has received from South Korea over the past four years now stands at 18.
The first shipment arrived in March 2017, and the second delivery of jets was made earlier in May of this year.
The T-50 fighter jet, also known as “Golden Punishment,” is a modern and highly maneuverable aircraft.
The jets, and training on how to operate them, are valued at $1.1 billion, but the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) announced it would also provide support for the aircraft for over 20 years, pushing the total value of the deal to as high as $2 billion.
Editing by Nadia Riva