The T-50A recently conducted a mission where it simulated taking out several targets – targets that weren’t actually there. The T-50A is purpose-built around 5th Generation thinking. The F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II, have advanced capabilities that have never been available before. Advanced pilot training is the key to taking advantage of them. There is no more effective or affordable way than the T-50A to train the next generation of pilots to fly, fight and win. With more than 142,000 flight hours on the airframe, the T-50A is ready to deliver on day one.
The T-50A is easy to fly—similar to the F-16, F-22, and F-35—which helps avoid negative training and unnecessary sorties. The T-50A creates better pilots, in less time, for less cost by enabling student pilots to focus their airmanship skills on improved aero performance, digital flight controls/fly-by-wire, with NextGen air traffic management systems, while operating from an anthropometrically designed 5th Generation cockpit.
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. Lockheed Martin’s T-50A ground-based training system applies lessons learned from decades of training with leading-edge technologies. Lockheed Martin’s T-50A ground-based training system applies lessons learned from decades of training with leading-edge technologies.
T-50A is an advanced trainer jet aircraft developed jointly by Lockheed Martin and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for the US Air Force’s T-X Advanced Pilot Training (APT) competition. It is an advanced version of the T-50 trainer aircraft. Lockheed Martin opened a new ground-based training facility in Greenville, South Carolina, in August 2016, for the T-50A trainer and ground-based training system. The facility houses production equipment and systems to perform final assembly and flight operations of the T-50A trainer aircraft.
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