good afternoon gents..
among the "nice" bird on the list... IMHO
we should get the TA-50 from the south koreans... not because im a fan, or because of the technical specs of the said aircraft (the pro's and the con's of the TA-50 has been widely documented here by our fellow timawans)...
it got me thinking what our neighbor the indonesians have done... they recently purchased 16 T-50s and they were granted a squadron of f-5es for free...http://defense-studies.blogspot.com/2012/03/korea-akan-hibahkan-16-pesawat-tempur-f.html
if we follow the sample of our neighbor... purchasing 12 TA-50s for SAA/LIFT..we might
get f-5 for free also... that would mean a total of 24 aircraft on our inventory (f-5e might become an interim
fighter and might lose some rust of our pilot/maintenance crew)and in a long term a good force multiplier... plus the rumored revival of the MRV acquisition if we get it also from south koreas, we might
get the $2b credit line the koreans have been offering to us (these would get us true blue MRF were been dreaming)... we might be lucky if they would also throw the POHANG as an icing in the cake...
lets face it the koreans need buyers for their aircraft after the singapore and UAE chooses m-346..