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ADEX 2017: KAI unveils T-50A variant

18th October 2017 - 13:01 GMT | by Wendell Minnick in Seoul

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Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) unveiled its latest variant of the T-50 advanced jet trainer (AJT) at this week’s Seoul ADEX, being held from 17-22 October.

Though the T-50A was unveiled by Lockheed Martin in early 2016 as the company’s candidate for the US Air Force's (USAF) T-X programme, this is its first public showing in Korea. The USAF has a requirement for 350 aircraft to replace the T-38 Talon, according to the December 2016 RfP.

Though based on KAI’s FA-50 fighter attack aircraft, the new ‘A’ variant has a number of improvements, including an aerial refuelling receptacle,  cockpit

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Wendell Minnick (顏文德) was Shephard's Senior Asia Correspondent throughout 2017 and 2018. Wendell is an …

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