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S. Korean aerobatic team to attend Singapore Airshow

2014/02/03 10:34

By Kim Eun-jung

SEOUL, Feb. 3 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's military aerobatic team will attend Asia's largest air show in Singapore next week with a squadron of eight T-50B trainer jets, the Air Force said Monday.

The Black Eagles aerobatic team departed Jeju International Airport on the southern resort island on Saturday to participate in the Singapore Airshow, slated for Feb. 11-16 at the Changi Exhibition Center.

The South Korean team will put on an action-packed performance with the T-50B, a family of T-50 supersonic trainer jets jointly built by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and U.S. aerospace giant Lockheed Martin.

The aerobatic team has received several awards from prestigious international air shows, including the Waddington International Air Show and the Royal International Air Tattoo, both held in Britain in 2012.

During the six-day event, the Black Eagles will perform four times to show off the indigenous aircraft to foreign aviation officials and pilots from around the world, the Air Force said.

The state-run Defense Acquisition Program Administration said it will set up an exhibition hall to promote the T-50 family aircraft, including the FA-50, a light attack variant.

KAI has sold T-50 variants to Indonesia, Turkey and Peru, while signing a deal last month to sell 24 FA-50s to Iraq.

South Korea's aerobatic team, the Black Eagles (Yonhap file photo)

South Korea's aerobatic team, the Black Eagles (Yonhap file photo)