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According to Janes Intel, Egypt’s state-owned Arab Organization for Industrialization (AOI) has confirmed a deal with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to produce advanced training aircraft locally.

Last month both AOI and KAI signed an agreement deal but it was not clear if the deal was to manufacture these jets in the country in case it was ordered by the Egyptian Air Force or if it was actual order.

Egypt is expected to replace its ageing Alpha Jet and K-8 jet trainers with 100 new jets, 70 of which will be manufactured locally. India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has offered its Light Combat Aircraft-Lead-In Fighter-Trainer, based on the Tejas. Other competitors include the Leonardo M-346, Irkut Yak-130, and Aero Vodochody L-39NG.

HAL if selected was willing to allow the Transfer of Technology (ToT) that could have cleared local production of the jet in the country. LCA-Tejas for the second time lost the deal to the Korean FA-50/T-50 Light fighter Trainer aircraft first in Malaysia and now in Egypt.

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