Posted : 2016-05-11 17:08
Updated : 2016-05-11 19:41
Air Force has new training plane
KT-100 training plane
By Kim Hyo-jin
The Air Force said Wednesday a new training aircraft, the KT-100, has been put into service.
Pilots of all levels ― from beginner to skilled ― can now train in a locally developed aircraft, it said.
The Air Force Academy rolled out the KT-100 during a ceremony at Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province, celebrating the delivery of two trainer aircraft from the country’s sole aircraft maker, Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI).
It said the new model will replace the aging Russian-made Ilyushin T-103s that have been used to train beginner-level cadets.
“The Air Force is expected to acquire some 20 planes from KAI and begin training its instructors by the end of this year,” an Air Force official said. “We plan train cadets with it starting from 2017.”
The move will allow the Air Force to train pilots with all Korean-made planes.
It has used KAI’s KT-1 basic and T-50 advanced trainers for primary and higher-level training, respectively.
A full domestic aircraft lineup will shorten the time and cost of training pilots, decrease maintenance costs and increase the operating rate of the trainers, the official said.
The KT-100 is a remodeled version of the KC-100 Naraon aircraft, a small, single engine, four-seater passenger plane developed by KAI. The company signed a memorandum of understanding with the Defense Acquisition Program Administration and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport in 2014 to remodel the KC-100 for military use.
KAI said the KT-100 also has voice and video recorders and a system to identify friend or foe.
The KAI KC-100 Naraon is a South Korean four-seat, low-wing, single-engine light aircraft under development by Korea Aerospace Industries that first flew on 20 July 2011.
The name Naraon was chosen based on public input.
A military trainer variant the KT-100 first flew in 2015
The KC-100 is built from carbon fibre and features gull-wing doors. The wing employs a laminar flow airfoil and winglets.
The ROKAF academy rolled out the KT-100 basic trainer today May 11, 2016
(Credit: Yonhap) KC-100 cockpit @airliners.net
The engine is a Continental TSIOF-550-K turbocharged 315 hp (235 kW) powerplant controlled by FADEC. The avionics will be an Avidyne Entegra II glass cockpit. The aircraft will have a TKS anti-icing system, air conditioning and oxygen as standard equipment. A full-plane parachute system will be optional.
Continental TSIOF-550-K turbocharged 315 hp @vg-photo.com
Type certification in South Korea, Europe and the United States is planned. The company expected that deliveries would commence in mid-2013 at a forecast price of US$575,000
In May 2014, the South Korean Air Force academy entered a memorandum of understanding to obtain a military trainer variant designated the KT-100, the first mass production contract for the aircraft. The KT-100 will replace the 20 Ilyushin Il-103 aircraft at the academy to familiarize students with flying. The KT-100 first flew on 5 October 2015 and all expected to be delivered by the end of 2016.
Four-seat light aircraft
Military trainer variant
Specifications (KC-100 Naraon)
Data from AVweb and KAI
- Crew: one
- Capacity: three passengers
- Length: 27 ft 11 in (8.50 m)
- Wingspan: 37 ft 4 in (11.37 m)
- Height: 9 ft 5 in (2.87 m)
- Airfoil: laminar flow
- Empty weight: 2,400 lb (1,089 kg)
- Gross weight: 3,600 lb (1,633 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Continental TSIOF-550-K , 315 hp (235 kW)
- Maximum speed: 210 kn (242 mph; 389 km/h)
- Range: 1,200 nmi (1,381 mi; 2,222 km)
- Avidyne Entegra II glass cockpit