Lockheed Martin announced that it will offer the T-50A in the United States Air Force’s Advanced Pilot Training (APT) competition, on Thursday 11 February. The T-50A was developed jointly by Lockheed Martin and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to replace the T-38 and train the next generation of pilots to fly 5th Generation aircraft, such as the F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Lightning II.
Lockheed Martin also announced that it has selected the company’s Greenville Operations facility in Greenville, South Carolina, as the preferred Final Assembly and Checkout (FACO) site for the T-50A.
“The T-50A is production ready now. It is the only offering that meets all of the APT requirements and can deliver those capabilities on schedule,” said Rob Weiss, executive vice president and general manager, Lockheed Martin Advanced Development Programs (Skunk Works). “We carefully studied a clean-sheet option for the APT competition and determined that it posed excessive risk to the APT cost and schedule requirements.”
The KAI T-50 has been ordered by several other air forces. The first Iraqi air force aircraft is now involved in test flights, and the first deliveries are scheduled for this year. Also Thailand ordered the T-50, as well as South Korea, Indonesia and the Philippines.
© 2016 Airheadsfly.com editor Dennis Spronk
Featured image (top): Artist impression of the T-50A. (Image © KAI)