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Taiwan to test indigenous advanced jet trainer in two weeks

ROC Central News Agency

06/08/2020 09:01 PM

Taipei, June 8 (CNA) Taiwan's Air Force is set to test the first locally developed advanced jet trainer (AJT) on June 22 at Taichung Air Base weather permitting, with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) expected to attend, a military official told CNA on Monday.

The test will be moved to a later date should the weather be bad, said the official who asked not to be named.

The prototype of the AJT, codenamed "Yung Yin (勇鷹)" or Brave Eagle, was unveiled on September 24, 2019 at a manufacturing plant operated by the government-owned Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. (AIDC) in Taichung. The development project was launched in 2017.

The Brave Eagle is capable of providing air support in combat due to its ability to carry missiles and bombs, according to some Taiwanese military experts.

Su Tzu-yun (蘇紫雲), a research fellow at the military-affiliated Institute for National Defense and Security Research, told CNA that military flight tests are normally completed within 20 minutes.

Data and information will be collected to calibrate the system and make improvements, he said.

According to some media reports, the AIDC plans to mass produce the Brave Eagle beginning in March 2022, with an aim to deliver 66 units by 2026 to replace the country's aging AT-3 and F-5 trainer aircraft, which have served the military for over three decades.

(By Matt Yu and Emerson Lim)

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