The Egyptian Air force (EAF) is in the market for a new trainer aircraft to replace its aging fleet and to train its student pilots for the newly delivered Rafale fighter jet, and incoming Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jet.
Egypt’s trainer aircraft that are likely to be listed for replacement or upgrade are the Grob G115EG, EMB312 Tucano’s, and the Karakorum K-8Es. It is strange after only 10 years of service of Chinese made K-8 trainer aircraft Egyptian air force decided to retire these aircraft, which shows the poor performance and build quality of Chinese aircraft.
For the K-8 replacement, Italian Leonardo is offering its M346 Master advanced combat trainer aircraft as part of a $10 billion weapons mega-deal signed in 2020 Egypt. The deal includes another four frigates, 20 corvettes based on the Falaj class that Fincantieri built for the United Arab Emirates, 24 Eurofighter Typhoon multirole jets, 24 M346 jet trainers, and a surveillance satellite. Another manufacturer vying for the K-8 replacement is Czech Aero Vodochody, offering the brand-new L-39NG. Egyptian Air Force has also evaluated the T-50 “Golden Eagle” trainer of Korea Aerospace Industry Corporation, the Yak-130 trainer of Russian National Defense Export Corporation and Indian Tejas trainer.