Botswana Eyes Korean Jets

      November 19, 2013 10:37

      Botswana wants to buy Korea's T-50 supersonic advanced trainer jets and FA-50 light combat aircraft, the Defense Ministry here said Monday.

      The African country uses 14 F-5A fighter jets and F-5D trainers it bought from Canada in 1996 but now wants to replace the elderly craft.

      A ministry official said the first purchase would be for eight of the Korean jets.

      Botswana Defense Minister Dikgakgamatso Seretse met with his Korean counterpart Kim Kwan-jin in Seoul on Oct. 30 during his visit to attend the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition 2013.

      Botswana ranks second after South Africa in southern Africa in terms of GDP with per capita GDP of US$8,550. Thailand is also interested in T-50s and FA-50s, and the Philippines is in the final stage of negotiations with the Defense Acquisition Program Administration over the purchase of FA-50s worth around $450 million.

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