The first two T-50 Golden Hawks for the Indonesian air force (TNI-AU) arrived in Indonesia today, two years after an agreement for 16 aircraft was signed with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI). The aircraft left for Indonesia after leaving Seochan airfield, home of KAI and birthplace of the T-50 Golden Hawk.
The contract for 16 T-50i aircraft – as the Indonesian version of the Golden Hawk is officially designated – is worth 400 million USD. The supersonic trainers are to replace the BAe Hawk Mk53s that are now in service with the TNI-AU.
The ferry flight from South Korea to Indonesia took about seven hours to complete. Click here for an air to air shot of the T-50s escorted by a Hawk. All 16 aircraft will be delivered during the coming months, in a total of eight ferry flights.
The South Korean T-50, that very much resembles a scaled down F-16, first flew in August 2002. The Republic of South Korea Air Force (ROKAF) operates a substantial nuber of T-50s. The type is also used by ROKAFs display team, the Black Eagles.
Other countries have expressed interest in the Golden Hawk. Among those countries is the Philippines.
Alenia Aermachhi sure is proud of its new M-346, and called it ‘the only advanced jet trainer with a fully integrated Helmet Mounted Display (HMD)’ in a press release on Tuesday. The new helmet provides student pilots with a new generation personal avionics system that enables them to develop competency in the use of advanced weapons systems management in operations fully representative of modern combat aircraft.
Fully integrated into the M-346 aircraft avionics systems and the ground based mission simulators, the HMD is particularly effective in those missions where the trainee employs the Embedded Tactical Training System (ETTS) for sensor and weapons systems training.
In these missions the HMD demonstrates its outstanding capability to augment the pilot’s Situational Awareness (SA), both in Air-To-Air and Air-To-Ground missions. Optically integrated with the M-346 Head-Up Display (HUD), the M-346 HMD provides training in the combined use of HMD and HUD provided information.
The M-346 HMD is particularly effective during off bore-sight “target tracking”; tactical symbology is displayed on the helmet visor and provides targeting and tracking information in direct view allowing the student to concentrate on performing tactical maneuvers and weapon release in pursuit of his mission objective. The M-346 HMD is also equipped with a click-on night module which permits an easy mechanical integration with all the most common night-vision goggle models.
The M-346 advanced jet trainer has resumed test flight operations after it was grounded by Alenia Aermacchi of Italy following an accident of the company-owned, pre-series aircraft on May 11, 2013.
,,The technical investigation allowed Alenia Aermacchi to successfully identify the accident’s causes”, writes the company in a press release. ,,The process has been shared with air force customers, and the required aircraft modifications have been approved by the relevant authority, the Italian Direzione Armamenti Aeronautici.”
WITH VIDEO | Saab T-17 training aircraft of the Flight School of the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) were deployed for a more offensive role in June 2013. They provided close air support (CAS) over several towns of Danish Jutland, reports the press department of the Danish Armed Forces.
Together with Forward Air Controllers on the ground instructor pilots of the Flight School identified ground targets from their T-17s for simulated distruction by high-flying F-16 fighter aircraft. The operations were part of wider exercise AGOEX which the Danes held in June to train joint operations between air and ground assets.
The RDAF (Flyvevåbnets Flyveskolen) at Karup operates 27 Saab T-17s, relatively small single-engine propeller planes mainly used to train future air force pilots. Many countries paint their trainers black or yellow, but the Danish T-17s retain a green camo paint scheme for their secondary ground support role. Of the 27 T-17s four are based at Aalborg and three at Skrydstrup.
T-17 is the Danish designation for the Saab MFI-17 Supporter, a military derivative of the Malmö Flygindustri MFI-15 Safari, which was taken over by Saab. Between 1971 and 1979 a total of 462 of the type were built, including 212 as the MFI-17 Mushshak by Pakistan under license.
The aircraft is said to be easy to fly, has wings strong enough to take a weapons load and has excellent capabilities to serve as a armed scout or counter-insurgency (COIN) aircraft.