This time it's Africa.
>There’s a buzz around the news that Senegal is moving forward with its plan to buy FA-50 Fighting Eagle light combat aircraft from South Korea. The exact numbers and costs aren’t known yet, but rumors suggest the order could be for four FA-50s, costing a whopping $147 million.
>Senegal’s move to include FA-50s in their fleet came about after unsuccessful plans to purchase L-39NG light attack aircraft from Aero Vodochody. General Pape Suleiman, the respected head of Senegal’s air force, announced his plan to find a new supplier for four light combat aircraft. He chose the FA-50s made by KAI.
>The FA-50 aircraft has sparked interest not just in Senegal, but across the whole African continent. Korean Aerospace Industries [KAI] announced in September 2022 that the first FA-50 would be shipped to an unspecified African nation. Both Senegal and Egypt are considered as possible recipients. The latter has recent ties with South Korea, arising from an agreement to produce T-50/FA-50 planes at their Helwan-based AOI aircraft factory. Historically, this factory was functional in building Chinese K-8E trainers, licensed specifically for the Egyptian Air Force. The current demand in Egypt for new trainer planes might direct the country towards acquiring as many as 100 aircraft.
Is there really no other aircraft that can compete in its class?