United States, Israel vie to sell early warning planes to South Korea

Thursday, December 01, 2005 | 
The United States and Israel are in competition to sell South Korea an early warning aircraft (EWA). A Korean defense ministry delegation is presently in Israel to discuss the deal, which would be worth more than $1 billion. The South Korean Air Force is expected to make its decision in about two weeks. The American administration is steamrolling Korea to give the project to American companies. The Israeli offer was reportedly an attractive $300 million to $400 million cheaper. The proposal made by Israel is to supply four planes for $1.2 billion based on the American-made Gulfstream Aerospace aircraft. The American proposal is estimated at $1.5 billion to $2 billion and is based on Boeing's E-767 Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft (see Picture).

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