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Lockheed offers T-50A for U.S. Air Force training program

By Ryan Maass   |   Feb. 11, 2016 at 1:34 PM
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ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin is offering its T-50A training aircraft for use in the U.S. Air Force's Advanced Pilot Training competition.

The T-50A was jointly developed by Lockheed Martin and Korea Aerospace Industries as a way to bridge the gap between fourth and fifth generation aircraft training. The plane is designed to have fighter-like flight capabilities, similar to the F-16, F-22 and F-35.

"The T-50A is production ready now," Lockheed Martin Advanced Development Programs manager Rob Weiss said in a statement. "It is the only offering that meets all of the APT requirements and can deliver those capabilities on schedule."

The aircraft is based on South Korea's FA-50, which is equipped with an electronic warfare suite, multi-mode radar, and is designed to incorporate both air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons. The T-50A is also fitted with a ground-based training system.

Lockheed Martin also announced the company has selected their facility in Greenville, S.C. for the final assembly and checkout site for the aircraft.

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