The Korean Aerospace Industries-Lockheed Martin joint bid for the US Air Force Advanced Pilot Training project, the T-50A trainer jet is “well placed” to win the contract, a South Korean think tank, the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade (KIET) has said.
The KIET’s 2018-2022 forecast said that Korea's T-50A is well placed to secure the Advanced Pilot Training project that could be worth some 14 trillion won ($13 billion). The US is already the single largest buyer of Korean-made weapons, although Seoul imports far more products than it ships to the North American country, Yohap news reported.
The T-50A is a variant of the T-50 Golden Eagle currently serving in the Korean Air Force and several other militaries around the world.
KIET said if the jet, built with support from Lockheed Martin, is chosen by the United States it will mark a turning point for Korea's aerospace industry.
Other contenders for the project include Leonardo DRS with its T-100, a USAF-optimized variant of the Italian M-346 trainer which was born out of a partnership with Russia that saw Moscow develop the Yak-130 combat/trainer.
In addition, Boeing has offered a brand-new aircraft built from scratch with partner Saab.
One of the main criteria for the USAF Advanced Pilot Training Project contenders to meet will be an ability to train pilots to fly fifth generation aircraft such as the F-35 and F-22. This is where Lockheed Martin claims it has an edge having built both the aircraft.
Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is considering ways to cut costs to make its T-50A aircraft competitive in the United States Air Force (USAF) trainer jet competition, said the new chief of Korea Aerospace Industries on Friday. At a press conference held at KAIs headquarters in the Korean city of Sacheon, the companys new President and CEO Kim Jo-won said KAI is seeking ways to adjust the unit price of the T-50 advanced trainer jet at the request of its US partner Lockheed Martin
Leonardo has displayed for the first time the M-346FA Fighter Attack version of its M-346 trainer that will be equipped with a variant of the Grifo multi-mode fire control radar. The aircraft can be equipped with a variety of missiles, cannons and guided bombs making it an ideal light attack aircraft
Boeing and partner Saab have completed the first flight of their second production-ready T-X aircraft designed specifically for the US Air Force $16.3 billion advanced pilot training requirement
Lockheed Martin and Korea Aerospace Industries have completed the initial test flight of its second T-50A configured aircraft in Sacheon, South Korea. The T-50A is the companys aircraft offering in the US Air Forces Advanced Pilot Training (APT) competition, the company said in a statement Tuesday
Lockheed Martin has conducted an initial flight test of its T-50A jet aircraft. The newly configured T-50A is a variant of the T-50 developed by Korea Aerospace Industries and Lockheed Martin
Finmeccanica has started the final assembly phase for the first two Aermacchi M-346s of the eight advanced jet trainer that are to be supplied to Polish Air Force. The delivery of the first two M-346 aircraft is scheduled for the end of November 2016, in line with the programmes time frame, the company said in a statement Wednesday
Thailand's air force on Wednesday commissioned the first batch of South Korea-built T-50 Golden Eagle lead-in fighter trainers into service. Four T-50TH supersonic advanced trainers of 401st Squadron was inducted into the RTAF during the commissioning ceremony on 4 April at an airbase in Nakhon Sawan, in a commissioning ceremony presided over by RTAF Commander Air Chief Marshal Johm Rungswang, Defence Blog reports
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