Development of this two-seat advanced jet trainer was formally launched in 1997, with Lockheed Martin as a participant, responsible for avionics, flight controls and wings. The first prototype flew in August 2002. Two versions have been developed: the T-50 and weapons-capable TA-50 lead-in fighter trainer. T-50s and TA-50s are powered by a single General Electric F404-102 augmented turbofan (17,700-lb.-thrust). A new light fighter variant, the FA-50, is being designed, with the South Korean ...
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