T 50 Golden Eagle
The T-50 Golden Eagle is a South Korean supersonic advanced trainer and light attack jet, developed by the Korean Aerospace Industries beginning in the late 1990s. The T-50 is South Korea's first indigenous supersonic aircraft and one of the few supersonic trainers. Currently, KAI is upgrading its four prototypes of the T-50 Golden Eagle trainer to advanced light fighters designated FA-50. The T-50 program was originally intended to develop an indigenous trainer aircraft capable of supersonic flight to train and prepare pilots for the KF-16s. Prior South Korean aircraft include the propeller-driven KT-1 basic trainer produced by Samsung Aerospace (now part of KAI), and license-manufactured KF-16s. The program is now a replacement for a variety of trainer and light attack aircraft; such as the T-38 and F-5B in training and the Close air support A-37B. Most of the core systems and technology were sourced from Lockheed Martin, however, and in general the T/A-50 closely resembles the KF-16 configuration.
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