Airworthiness tests for FA-50 initiated

Photo: T-50A, TX-1, KAI, Korea Aerospace Industraies, Flight Test, Sacheon, South Korea. Lockheed Martin

 

After conducting an airworthiness assessment of Textron AirLand’s Scorpion light attack aircraft, the US Air Force is moving toward with a second co-operative research and development agreement (CRADA) with Lockheed Martin. Under the CRADA, the USAF will evaluate the contractor’s FA-50 fighter, which was developed jointly with Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI). The aircraft is an advanced, light combat version of KAI’s T-50 Golden Eagle.

The CRADAs allow the USAF to certify an aircraft’s airworthiness without the existence of a formal program of record and could pave the way for sales to foreign customers. The completion of a USAF airworthiness assessment is seen as a reduction in risk to potential foreign customers.

The assessment could also help Lockheed Martin’s bid to win the USAF’s T-X trainer competition. The contractor’s T-50A entry shares the same airframe and General Electric F404 engine as the FA-50.

Posted in Lockheed Martin, News, T-X

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