South Korea buys four Indonesian aircraft for coastguard

South Korea signed a $90-million deal with Indonesia's PT. Digantara Indonesia (PT. DI) on Monday (12/29) to purchase four CN235-110 aircraft from Indonesia by 2011 in efforts to strengthen its maritime patrol operations to deter Chinese vessels' illegal fishing activities and protect the islets of Dokdo in the East Sea, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said Tuesday (12/30).

The per-unit price is about $23 million, DAPA officials said.

The CN-235 is a medium-range twin-turbo-prop airplane, jointly developed by Indonesia and Spain, and is widely used by a number of foreign operators for maritime patrol, surveillance and troop transport. The maritime patrol variant is in service with: Spain, Ireland and Turkey (manufactured by EADS CASA) and Indonesia, Brunei and UAE (manufactured by PT. DI).

The CN235-110 version, equipped with advanced radar detection and thermal imaging systems, has a cruising radius of 1,100 nautical miles and can carry more than eight people. news @ANTARA, @YONHAP, @koreatimes, & @airforce-technology; photo @PT. DI

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