UAE talks with South Korea may give up the purchase of T-50 M346 Italy
Korean-type T-50 jet trainer
Italian M346 advanced trainer aircraft, according to Defense News website
January 27, 2010 reported on 27 January, defense officials said an Arab Gulf, in the purchase of its rival Italy’s M -346 trainer discussions stalled, the United Arab Emirates, South Korea has been built on the procurement of type T-50 jet trainer on matters relating to the re-negotiation. T-50 is considered one of the best senior trainer on the market.
United Arab Emirates in February 2009, the company selected the Alenia Aermacchi M-346, to fill orders for 48 aircraft, including 20 light fighter version. Alenia Aermacchi is a unit of Finmeccanica. M-346 beat the T-50, T-50 by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) construction, KAI and Lockheed Martin’s partner.
sources said the signing of Italian aircraft contract negotiations, worth 10 billion euros ($ 1.4 billion) contract has been stagnant. He said, “because the leadership in the UAE and Finmeccanica of misunderstanding that exists between senior officials.”
person familiar with the procurement plan, added: “They thought some of the components is less and less included later, the United Arab Emirates returned to South Korea, and was in advanced talks with them and they are back on the T-50, and the new deal may soon be. “
no specific sources indicate which component caused the problem, or whether it may resume talks with Aermacchi. It is not clear whether the resumption of negotiations with KAI is a negotiating tactic, or imply a complete break with the Aermacchi company.
Finmeccanica company spokesman declined to comment on whether the UAE in the negotiations with KAI. He said, “This is a complicated transaction, our negotiations will continue.” Lockheed officials could not be reached for comment.
M-346 and T-50 is considered the best senior trainer on the market. Although they have been their customers – Italy and South Korea Air Force purchased the UAE will be their first international competition in the market duel, M-346 aircraft were in favor of victory. (Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Electronic Science and Technology Information Institute Liu Na)