Senegal May Have Eye on Four FA-50 Fighting Eagle
It is believed that Dakar will acquire four FA-50 units worth 147 million USD, according to the Bulgarian Military.
The FA-50 Fighting Eagle is a derivative of the T-50 Golden Eagle Advanced Training Jet, with the ability to conduct air combat both air-to-air and air-to-ground. Senegal eyed the FA-50 after failing to acquire the L-39NG light attack aircraft from Aero Vodochody, Czech Republic.
Rumours stating that Senegal will acquire the FA-50 cannot be separated from the news issued by the KAI in September 2022. At the time, the KAI stated that the first FA-50 would be sent to an African country, but it was not named.
Senegal and Egypt are considered potential recipients of the FA-50. Egypt has recent ties with the Republic of Korea, arising from an agreement to produce T-50/FA-50 aircraft at their AOI aircraft factory based in Helwan. This factory previously manufactured a Chinese K-8E training aircraft with a special license for the Egyptian Air Force.
The T-50 series, including the FA-50, is known to be a multirole and highly efficient aircraft for high-performance fighter jets, such as the F-16 and F-35.