Lockheed Martin and Korea Aerospace Industries have flown a second T-50A test aircraft in Sacheon, South Korea, as the company builds its case for the USAF’s T-X training competition.
‘We now have two aircraft in flight test proving our upgrade, and we’re nearing completion of our assembly and training operations center in Greenville, South Carolina,’ said Doug Batista, Lockheed Martin T-50A program manager. ‘We’re on track to provide the U.S. Air Force with a production line and training capability on day one of contract award.’
Boeing/Saab and Northrop Grumman are yet to break cover with their ‘clean sheet’ T-X offerings. Lockheed Martin says that its teams studied clean-sheet alternatives and determined they pose prohibitive risk to the cost and schedule requirements for T-X.