The South Korean government asked its military development F/A-50 attack aircraft prototype
A-50 attack aircraft in the T-50 improved on the basis of
South Korean Air Force has ordered 82 T-50 advanced trainer
According to the British, “Flight International,” January 7, 2009 reported that South Korean government has asked the Korea Aerospace Industries (Korea Aerospace Industries, KAI) started to develop advanced jet trainer T-50 light attack variant of the prototype, after a South Korean air force pilot After the contract is likely to be produced.
at 4,000 billion won ($ 306 million) contract support of, KAI will upgrade four T-50 standard for the F/A-50 and the 2012 South Korean Air Force before they are delivered. KAI hopes South Korea Air Force ordered 60 or so of the F/A-50, for delivery starting in 2013 to replace the aging F-5 fighter, and want to purchase the number of South Korean Air Force to reach the final 150.
back in a few years ago, KAI strongly recommended that the South Korean government investment on the development F/A-50, because wishing KAI T-50 production line extended to 2012, the then current aircraft production contract award will be delivered. South Korean Air Force has ordered 82 T-50, including 50 advanced jet trainer, 22 armed-type A-50 and 10 stunt machine. KAI said the South Korean Air Force could then purchase 70 trainer and armed-type, T-50 is also a few international suppliers are the focus of attention.
last year, KAI released to the needs of several major suppliers asking them to provide for the F/A-50 radar warning receivers, precision-guided bombs, anti-jamming dispensers, advanced tactical data link systems and weapons management. Have been identified with the weapons will include Boeing Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) guided bomb unit and Raytheon AGM-65 “Maverick” (Maverick) ground missiles.
F/A-50 is also possible to use Israel’s Elta Systems EL/M-2032 radar. Competition in the F/A-50 radar selected Lockheed Martin in a fierce bidding, the company helped developed the KAI T-50 and hope KAI using its APG-67 (V) 4 radar. The South Korean government was more inclined to choose Selex Sensors and Airborne Systems company Vixen 500E active electronically scanned array, but because of the T-50 source code can not be shared with non-US countries did not succeed. Therefore, Israel, South Korea chose the radar in order to meet the U.S. government and Lockheed Martin’s condition.
KAI and Lockheed Martin T-50 will be joined together to invest in markets outside of Korea, Greece, Singapore and United Arab Emirates-based company with 阿莱尼亚马 M-346 intense competition. KAI T-50 will also invest in other European countries and Asian countries the demand for advanced trainer aircraft market. KAI from 2023 began to claim F/A-50 attack aircraft in need of light of national exports. (China Aviation Industry Development Research Center Su Haijun)