Lockheed Martin and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) on 26 July announced the completion of an initial test flight of their second T-50A aircraft aimed at the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) fighter trainer (T-X) competition.
The flight of the first T-50A took place on 2 July. The company has also almost completed construction of an assembly and training operations centre for the T-50A in Greenville, South Carolina, according to a statement.
The T-50A was developed jointly by Lockheed Martin and KAI, along with a complementary ground-based training system.
The USAF has said that it will release a request for proposals for T-X by the end of the year. In addition to the Lockheed Martin-KAI team, Raytheon has partnered with Leonardo to offer the T-100, an upgraded version of the Leonardo (Alenia Aermacchi) M-346 advanced jet trainer
In contrast with the teams led by Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, two teams are offering T-X solutions involving newly designed aircraft: Northrop Grumman and a Boeing-Saab team.