The first Korean FA-50 light attack aircraft designated for export to Poland was unveiled in a ceremony on Wednesday that emphasized the two nations’ expanding defense sector ties.
The company had the Roll-out ceremony of FA-50 at its headquarters in Sacheon, Gyeongsangnam. The Roll-out ceremony is significant as this is the first chance to disclose the actual aircraft that remained on the drawing to the general public. The ceremony’s theme, “Firm Commitment, Secure Future,” symbolizes both Poland and the Republic of Korea’s dedication to upholding their respective sovereign airspaces and the cordial relationship between the two nations.
FA-50 used the name FA-50GF (Gap Filler) as it will function to fill Poland’s strategic gaps by swiftly replacing the aging firefighters in Poland and having new ones on track for military missions in a timely manner. After the flight test by the end of July, FA-50GF will be provided starting in August. The first 12 FA-50GFs are scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2023.
According to the contract, KAI is scheduled to consecutively provide 36 FA-50PLs (Poland) out of the maximum contract number of 48 between the 2nd half of 2025 and 2028, which is the upgraded version of FA-50 with the highest level of specifications by reflecting the needs and the requests from the Polish Air Force.
By improving its active electronically scanned array (AESA), air-to-surface and air-to-air missiles, and expanding its range through aerial refuelling, the FA-50PL is equipped with improved overall functionalities that are projected to aid in the development of the Polish Air Force.
The FA-50PL is a combat aircraft capable of performing a variety of tasks such as special tactics and fighter responsibilities. Because of its excellent interoperability with the F-16, the FA-50PL is ideal for fighter training for 5th-generation planes such as the F-35, which is projected to play a key role in the Polish Air Force.