UAE Resumes Talks with Korea to Buy T-50 Trainer

31 January 2010 (Last Updated January 31st, 2010 18:30)

Talks have been resumed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the acquisition of a South Korean built T-50 jet trainer following failed negotiations to purchase Italy's M-346 trainer. In February 2009, the UAE selected Alenia Aermacchi’s M-346 for an order of 48 aircraft including 20 li

Talks have been resumed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the acquisition of a South Korean built T-50 jet trainer following failed negotiations to purchase Italy's M-346 trainer.

In February 2009, the UAE selected Alenia Aermacchi’s M-346 for an order of 48 aircraft including 20 light fighter versions.

But negotiations to acquire the €1bn ($1.4bn) Italian aircraft stalled due to a misunderstanding between the parties over specifications, according to defencenews.com.

The UAE is currently in advanced talks with Korea, which may result in an agreement over the purchase of Korean Aerospace Industry-built T-50 jet trainer.