SEOUL, Feb 4, 2010 (AFP) - South Korea will supply eight ageing ground attack aircraft free to Peru to try to encourage arms deals with Central and South American nations, defence officials said Thursday.
Peru had been showing interest in the A-37B Dragonfly jets which the South Korean Air Force grounded due to maintenance budget shortfalls, the defence ministry said.
"Upon this handover, we plan to ask for Peru's interest in South Korean arms makers as it seeks to replace its air defence and other weapons," ministry official Kim Yoon-Suk told Yonhap news agency.
The handover ceremony was to be held later Thursday at Peru's Las Palmas Air Base near the capital Lima.
The Cessna A-37B Dragonfly was used mainly in the Vietnam War as a ground attack aircraft. South Korea bought the planes from the United States during the 1970s but retired all 20 of them in 2007.
by Luis Torres de la Llosa
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