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Korea wants its own ‘Air Force One’


South Korea wants its own ‘Air Force One’ Presidential aircraft.

February 1: South Korea is to get its own ‘Air Force One’ Presidential aircraft, says

The country’s procurement agency, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) is expected to issue a request for proposal for a VC-X Presidential airliner in April, with delivery slated for 2014.

The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) operates a single Boeing 737-700 in the VIP transport role with the 296th Squadron based at Seoul Air Base, but wants a larger aircraft with a longer range – at present it charters Boeing 747s from Korean Air and Asiana Airlines as required. The report says that aircraft such as Boeing’s 777 or 747-8 and the Airbus A340 are being considered.

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