Advanced Jet Will Fit Variety Of Training Roles
The T-50 Golden Eagle
advanced jet trainer made its international aerial debut earlier
this week, showcasing its supersonic capabilities and technological
advances at the Dubai International Air Show.
"A demonstration flight of the T-50 in a foreign country,
especially in an international air show, is very impressive and a
touching moment for all of the people who have worked so hard to
make it a reality," said Hae-joo Chung, President of Korea
Aerospace Industries Ltd. (KAI), the prime contractor on the T-50
program. "The successful development and smooth production of the
supersonic aircraft, T-50, in Korea is marked by a number of
important 'firsts' for all of the individuals and organizations
Lockheed Martin is the principal subcontractor on the T-50.
Noted for its maneuverability, versatility and ease of
operation, the T-50 is designed to be an economical alternative to
prepare pilots to fly a broad variety of advanced aircraft, from
the Eurofighters to the latest Lockheed Martin advanced F-16s and
the newest 5th Generation fighter, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
The T-50 is a total integrated training solution for 21st century
pilot training, and KAI officials note that no other platform on
the international market offers the flexibility of the T-50.
"The capabilities of the T-50 are unmatched. This aircraft has
many of the same characteristics that several highly advanced
fighters in the world possess," said Dr. Alex Jun, Director of T-50
The T-50 is equipped with advanced performance features that
make it an outstanding, cost-effective trainer and provide the key
building blocks of operational flexibility and supportability. Its
systems form an overwhelmingly capable lead-in fighter trainer and
light combat aircraft. With a robust integrated logistics support
system, the T-50 provides a cost- effective bridge from primary
trainers to high-performance operational fighters.
KAI is completing flights tests of two production aircraft
slated for delivery to the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF)
later this year. ROKAF instructor pilots are undergoing training
now in Sacheon and will be ready to prepare other ROKAF instructor
pilots in February 2006.
The Golden Eagle's overall affordability and potential as a
multirole fighter trainer gives KAI and Lockheed Martin confidence
that this aircraft will be attractive to a host of international
customers, many of whom observed it for the first time at