The International Test Pilots School (ITPS) Canada has entered into an agreement with Korean Aerospace Industries to promote the FA-50 light combat aircraft for tactical and adversary training.
The company intends to replace its current L-39 fleet with the new aircraft that shares similarities with the F-16 fighter.
“The KAI FA-50 is a great aircraft,” ITPS president Giorgio Clementi said. “The aircraft’s performance, flying qualities and mission capabilities make it the ideal platform for tactical and adversary training missions and a great fit for ITPS to replace our L-39 fleet.”
“A new aircraft supported by the manufacturer and with the associated engineering and logistical support ensures reliable and cost-effective operations into the future. The FA-50 is a winner and we are delighted to be collaborating with KAI!”
ITPS has been a provider of tactical training since 2001. Its International Tactical Training Center (ITTC) is providing fighter pilot training to international customers and is currently providing fighter lead-in training (FLIT) to the Royal Malaysian Air Force in London, Ontario.
ITTC operates a fleet of Aero Vodochody L-39 featuring upgraded avionics for the FLIT program.
The ITPS announcement comes just days after the UK shot down KAI’s attempt to sell 10 FA-50s to Argentina. The aircraft relies on several major components delivered by UK companies, which would not permit the export of the aircraft to Argentina due to an arms embargo that has been in place since the Falklands War.