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AIDC readies new AJT for Taiwan

20th June 2016 - 01:36 GMT | by Charles Au


A programme to meet Taiwan’s need for a new advanced jet trainer (AJT) started soon after President Tsai Ing-wen assumed office in May. The Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) wants 66 aircraft to replace 29 F-5E/F Tiger II fighters and 48 AT-3 AJTs.

At the TADTE 2015 exhibition, the Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) proposed two AJT types: the XAT-5 based on an IDF airframe, and the AT-3 Max modified from the in-service AT-3. AIDC cooperated with Northrop to produce the AT-3 that entered service in 1984.

Two international companies are also looking to participate in this programme. Raytheon

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Charles Au


Charles Au

Charles was born in Malaysia, but educated in Taiwan. He is currently based in the …

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