Taiwan demonstrates T-5 advanced jet trainer
The Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) showed off its new indigenous jet trainer on 6 July.
Developed by the state-owned Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC), the T-5 Brave Eagle is suitable for air-to-air and air-to-ground combat training missions.
The T-5 is similar to the F-CK-1 fighter that was earlier manufactured and recently upgraded by AIDC.
The aircraft can land and take off using a shorter runway. It can be integrated with a variety of live weapons, though this is still under testing.
The ROCAF is planning to buy 66 units by 2026 under a contract worth NT$68.6 billion ($2.2 billion) to replace its ageing fleet of AT-3 and F-5E/F accident-prone training aircraft.
The first two T-5s were handed over to the ROCAF in late 2021.
The new T-5 is also the result of Taiwan’s aspirations to prioritise locally designed and manufactured military equipment.
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