Lockheed Martin flies first T-50A aimed at USAF T-X competition

 

02 June 2016

Key Points

  • Lockheed Martin has completed an initial test flight of a modernised T-50A
  • The aircraft was developed jointly with Korean Aerospace Industries for USAF’s T-X trainer programme

Lockheed Martin completed a first test flight of a modernised T-50A that it developed jointly with Korea Aerospace Industries for US Air Force’s (USAF’s) T-X trainer programme, the company announced on 2 June.

First flight of the Lockheed Martin T-50A. (Lockheed Martin)First flight of the Lockheed Martin T-50A. (Lockheed Martin)

The T-50A is the company’s aircraft offering in the USAF’s competition to replace the ageing Northrop T-38 Talon. The T-50A configuration is a block upgrade of the existing T-50 design. Changes include aerial refuelling capability, embedded training, open system architecture, and a fifth-generation cockpit, company officials have said.

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