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T-50 Golden Eagle  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2006
Total Production: 148
Also Known As: A-50 Golden Eagle, FA-50 Golden Eagle, FA-50PH and KTX II
Origin: South Korea
Corporations: KAI Korea Aerospace Industries and Lockheed Martin
Parent System: T-50 Golden Eagle
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2006
Total Production: 148
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Description: The T-50 Golden Eagle is a supersonic, advanced jet trainer and lead-in fighter trainer which provides training for pilots on 4th and 5th generation aircraft. The T-50 will also provide a secondary light ground attack capability, under a configuration called A-50. The aircraft is being developed jointly between Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and Lockheed-Martin. This program was born in the 1990s as the KTX II. The A-50 Golden Eagle will feature a tactical radar to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions employing precision guided bombs and missiles. The Air Force of South Korea has ordered an initial batch of 100 T-50 aircraft to replace current outdated F-4s and F-5s. KAI and Lockheed project sales of about 600-800 T-50s worldwide.

In December 2003, the Republic of Korea Defense Procurement Agency awarded KAI a contract for production of 25 T-50 supersonic trainers and associated equipment and line production start up costs. These aircraft will be delivered beginning in late 2005 with aircraft production carried out at KAI facilities in Sacheon, South Korea. The Republic of Korea Air Force plans to purchase 50 T-50 trainer aircraft and 50 A-50 light attack aircraft. The entry into service of the T-50 with the Korean Air Force is expected in 2006. As of June 2005, Lockheed-Martin, KAI and Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI) agreed to study the T-50 suitability for the Hellenic Air Force.

In late March 2005, Lockheed-Martin announced that the T-50 supersonic aircraft completed the aerial gunfire testing January 2005 using its internally mounted, three-barrel, Gatling-type 20mm cannon. At that time, the T-50 program was completed at 50 percent since flight testing started in August 2002. On 30 August 2005, the first production Golden Eagle was rolled out at KAI's facilities in Sacheon, South Korea. As of September 2005, South Korea had ordered 50 T-50 trainers and 44 A-50 light attack aircraft while a further option for up to 200 A-50s in the 2007 to 2012 timeframe was kept for replacing South Korea's aging F-5 fleet.

T-50 Golden Eagle Specifications

Crew: 2
Number of Engines: 1
Height: 4.94 meter (16.2 foot)
Length: 13.1 meter (43 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 20 millimeter
Wingspan: 9.45 meter (31.0 foot)
Ceiling: 14,630 meter (47,999 foot)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 498 mps (1,793 kph)
Empty Weight: 6,441 kilogram (14,200 pound)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 17,700 pound (8,029 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 13,517 kilogram (29,799 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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T-50 Golden Eagle News

There are 12 news between
19 Feb 2003 and 15 Oct 2019
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Tuesday, October 15, 2019Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod Being Integrated onto FA-50 Aircraft
Thursday, December 1, 2016Lockheed Martin Begins T-50A Flight Operations in the United States
Thursday, June 2, 2016Upgraded T-50A Aircraft for the T-X Program Completes First Flight Successfully
Thursday, February 11, 2016Lockheed Martin Unveils T-50A Advanced Pilot Training Solution for US Air Force's APT
Tuesday, April 6, 2010South Korea to Integrate Sensor Fuzed Weapon with FA-50 Golden Eagle Aircraft
Wednesday, September 23, 2009Republic of Korea Air Force Selects EL/M-2032 Fire Control Radar for its T-50 Training Jet
Monday, January 12, 2009General Dynamics Awarded Production Contract for A-50 Gun Systems
Wednesday, December 13, 2006South Korea Orders Further T-50 Golden Eagle Aircraft
Thursday, November 16, 2006KAI and Lockheed Martin Sign Strategic Agreement
Wednesday, January 4, 2006ROKAF Takes Delivery of First T-50 Production Aircraft

Operators & Related Equipment

Deal signed in 2013 for 24 jets
Jun 201818
South Korea94
Jul 200825
Order in July 2017 (8)

Grand Total 1485
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