Lockheed Martin Flies First T-50A Upgraded Aircraft for T-X Competition

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Lockheed Martin successfully completed the first flight test of its T-50A configured aircraft, which is the company’s aircraft offering in the US Air Force’s Advanced Pilot Training (APT) competition.

“The aircraft in its new configuration with the fifth-generation cockpit and other upgrades performed flawlessly,” said Mark Ward, Lockheed Martin T-50A lead test pilot, after his flight in Sacheon, South Korea. “I have no doubt this aircraft will close the gap that currently exists between the trainer fleet and fifth-generation fighters.”

The T-50A is low risk and ready now. It builds on the proven heritage of the T-50 with more than 100 T-50s flying today—100,000 flight hours and counting—and more than 1,000 pilots trained.

Lockheed Martin teams studied clean-sheet alternatives and determined they pose prohibitive risk to APT cost and schedule requirements. The T-50A delivers the performance and capabilities needed to prepare pilots to fly, fight and win with fifth-generation fighter aircraft.

The T-50A was developed jointly by Lockheed Martin and Korea Aerospace Industries. The accompanying T-50A Ground-Based Training System features innovative technologies that deliver an immersive, synchronized ground-based training platform.

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