Lockheed Martin T-50A

The Lockheed Martin T-50A

The T-50A is made to train 5th Generation pilots. The F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II have advanced capabilities that have never before been available. Advanced pilot training is the key to making the most of those capabilities. 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 150,000 flight hours on the T-50 airframe, the T-50A is ready to deliver ahead of schedule.

Fast Facts

  • They’ve already produced 179 T-50 aircraft . The T-50A is an upgrade for today’s pilots.
  • The T-50A fleet has amassed more than 150,000 flight hours . That’s a lot.
  • The T-50A currently has a mission capable rate of 97%. It exceeds standards and expectations.
  • More than 2,000 pilots have been trained using the T-50 series. It works.
  • The T-50A is high performance, supersonic and offers a seamless transition to 5th Gen training . That’s what pilots need.
  • The T-50A can achieve a 17-minute turn-around-time, compared to the threshold requirement of 45 minutes.
  • The agile T-50A ground-based training system is focused on training the next generation of pilots to command next-generation aircraft.

Capabilities

As the creators and builders of 5th Generation aircraft, Lockheed Martin - along with their partners at Korea Aerospace Industries - brings the experience and leadership needed to support the next generation of fighter pilots.

Seamless Transition into 5th Generation Fighters

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 next-gen air traffic management systems, while operating from an anthropometrically-designed 5th Generation cockpit.

Built-In Mission Flexibility

The T-50A aircraft configuration is based on South Korea’s FA-50, which is currently in production. The FA-50, the most advanced fighter version of the T-50, incorporates air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons, along with an avionics suite that contains an electronic warfare suite, a multi-mode radar and an advanced data-link.

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 13.144 m (43 ft 1 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.45 m (31 ft 0 in) with wingtip missiles
  • Height: 4.94 m (16 ft 2 in)
  • Wing area: 23.69 m2 (255.0 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 6,470 kg (14,264 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 12,300 kg (27,117 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × General Electric F404 afterburning turbofan engine (built under license by Samsung Techwin), 53.07 kN (11,930 lbf) thrust dry, 78.7 kN (17,700 lbf) with afterburner

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 1,837.5 km/h (1,141.8 mph, 992.2 kn) at 9,144 m (30,000 ft)
  • Maximum speed: Mach 1.5
  • Range: 1,851 km (1,150 mi, 999 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 14,630 m (48,000 ft)
  • g limits: +8 3
  • Rate of climb: 198 m/s (39,000 ft/min)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.96

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My opinion

I really like the look of the plane and I think it would fit in IF. It would also help VAs/VOs who fly fighter jets to train their pilots. This is my second favorite jet trainer after the Boeing T-7A. There would be new horizons because this is a plane with it‘s own category: flight training and airhsows. I would appreciate if you vote for it :)

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