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Friday, July 17, 2015

Koreans raise questions about KF-16 fighter jet upgrade

The U.S. has approved a possible sale of parts, equipment and logistical support to Korea. If approved by Congress, the deal will allow Korea to upgrade its aging fleet of 134 KF-16 fighter jets.

Citing military sources in Washington, Seoul-based Yonhap News says the price set by the U.S. State Department is two-and-a-half billion dollars. But that's a billion dollars more than a now-scrapped contract Seoul had with British defense firm BAE Systems.

Since December 2014, the Korean government has worked to switch the principal contractor saying it cannot afford to pay the combined 700-million dollars extra the U.S. and BAE are asking for.

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