Korea's choice of the ESR-500 radar to integrate into the FA-50 is an affirmation of its role as a training aircraft, not a light fighter. The radar is designed for light training aircraft, not a fighter. Therefore, the scope of work will be limited and modest. South Korea's retreat from integrating the APG-83 radar also for several reasons, mainly the price of the aircraft. Very high 50+ million dollars and the integration of advanced radar will increase the price of the plane by 5 million dollars. The plane still has a weak GE-404 engine with a capacity of 17700 pounds, and it does not provide sufficient thrust capacity for air-to-air missions or even energy for an advanced radar, so a modest limited-performance radar was chosen, so its ability to support a missile The air-to-air range does not exceed 110 kilometers. The plane may serve as a training circuit for countries such as Saudi Arabia. The Emirates chose the Chinese L-15 plane for technical and operational reasons, as well as the fact that the Emirates is now working in the bowels of African countries to steal their wealth, as well as a tool for America and Israel. The use of non-Western planes provides the Emirates with freedom of use without Western restrictions On planes to support militias in African countries, so there are only countries left like Saudi Arabia and perhaps Morocco to export the plane, or some African countries that want to replace the F-5 planes and do not have real threats asking for fighters
Here lies the problem, as the tasks of LIFT / LCA aircraft are expanding to confront UAV / UCAV aircraft, and the aircraft is moving from the stage of aircraft with turboprop engines to aircraft with turbofan and turbojet engines.
Which requires aircraft piloted by high-performance pilots and powerful radars to detect them early