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T-50 Golden Eagle - Program

As the prime contractor for the T-50, KAI is responsible for system integration and manufacturing. The trainer is assembled and delivered at KAI's Aircraft plant in Sachon Korea. In partnership with KAI for the development of T-50, LM Aero provided technical assistance, the operational flight program for avionics and flight control, and manufacture of the wing.

With a robust prediction of international sales for Advanced Jet Trainer and Light Combat Aircraft, the T-50 is ready to service the needs of customers worldwide. With a growing industrial alliance, form a broad spectrum of leading aerospace companies worldwide. The T-50 program is positioned to service the fighter training community well into the 21st century. The T-50 aircraft is the only advanced jet trainer introduced in the 2000s.

The Republic of Korea Air Force’s training experience has shown that the new training system yields a better fighter pilot in less time with fewer sorties and lower cost. The T-50 training program has reduced the number of required flights in the KF-16 to only nine sorties. The Ground-Based Training System contains an array of innovative technologies to provide options for “offloading” aircraft training tasks into the simulation environment.

The T-50A aircraft configuration is based on South Korea’s FA-50, which is currently in production. The FA-50, the most advanced version of the T-50, incorporates air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons, along with an avionics suite that contains an electronic warfare suite, a multi-mode radar and an advanced data-link.

T-50 Program

The aircraft is being built in the T-50A advanced trainer and T-50B lead-in fighter trainer versions. The T-50B is called the A-50 by the South Korean Air Force. The Air Force has a requirement for 50 T-50 trainers and 44 A-50 light attack aircraft. T-50 Full Scale Development program began in 1997 and continued through 2005. T/A-50 Full Scale Development ran from October 1997 through January 2006.

Initially, production authorization was planned for the third quarter of 2003 with production deliveries slated to begin in 2005. The 1st flight took place in October 2002, followed by T-50 production aircraft delivery to the Republic of Korea Air Force with plans to purchase additional T-50 aircraft to replace the aging fleets of F-4s and F-5s.

KAI simultaneously developed the aircraft systems (four flyable test aircraft, two structural test aircraft), integrated logistics support, and the training systems in the T-50 Program since its full-scale development start in October 1997, which is unprecedented. Working side by side with 500 collaborating companies, KAI has successfully performed the entire development process of the new aircraft model including: completing the preliminary design in 1998, finishing the detail design through the aircraft OML freeze in 1999, and completing the component manufacturing and final assembly of the FWD, CTR, AFT fuselage and empennage through the Critical Design Review(CDR) completed in 2000. In addition, KAI successfully completed the final assembly of the first flyable test aircraft(AA-1) in January 2001, three months ahead of schedule.

AA-1 rolled out in October 2002 and successfully performed its historic first flight on August 20, 2002. The second flyable test aircraft, AA-2 successfully flew in November 2002. As the first supersonic flight was conducted successfully in February 2003, Korea became one of the twelve countries that conducted the supersonic flight with their own indigenous aircraft. A production authorization was given in December 2003 as the T-50/TA-50 successfully met the requirements of ROKAF in performance, cost, and schedule.

The Mate-Through-Delivery (MTD) for the production started in December 2004. On August 30, 2005, the first production line T-50 Golden Eagle rolled off Korea Aerospace Industries's manufacturing plant. As of August 2005, the South Korean Air Force had ordered 50 T-50s. The first production aircraft was delivered to ROKAF in December 2005. T-50 Trainer IOC was achieved in January 2006. The T-50 entered service in April 2007. The 1st Trainees with T-50 (1FW, 12 Trainees was achieved on 13 October 2007. Delivery of the 21st Trainer took place on 20 November 2007, with approximately one new aircraft delivery being added to the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) fleet each month. Delivery of the Initial Mass Production of 25 Trainers was completed in March 2008. The Acrobatic T-50 (Black Eagle) Program began in the 1st Half of 2008. Delivery of 1st Follow-on Production was achieved in August 2008 to the 2nd T-50 Squadron.

On January 24, 2007 the Government of South Korea signed a contract with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for approximately 50 additional F404-102-powered T-50 and TA-50 Golden Eagle advanced jet trainers bringing, the total number of T-50s ordered by South Korea to more than 70. Under terms of a T-50/F404-102 co-production agreement, GE provides engine kits directly to Samsung Techwin who produces designated parts as well as performs final engine assembly and test.

The aircraft is being built in the T-50A advanced trainer and T-50B lead-in fighter trainer versions. The T-50B is called the A-50 by the South Korean Air Force. The Air Force has a requirement for 50 T-50 trainers and 44 A-50 light attack aircraft.

The first flight of the T-50 and A-50 took place in August 2002 and September 2003, respectively. T-50/TA-50 Combat Suitability was confirmed in March 2006. Deliveries of the TA-50 began in 2009.

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