Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has successfully completed the first flight of its KT-100 trainer jet in a bid to support the flight practice of the Republic of Korea’s Air Force.
Conducted at Sachem Airport in South Gyeongsang Province, the maiden flight was aimed at testing whether or not the remodelled trainer was manufactured to fit its design purposes.
In addition, the flight assessed the overall flight characteristics of the plane and the functions of the mount equipment.
The KC-100-variant trainer is equipped with a video / voice recorder and an identification friend and foe apparatus.
A KAI official said: "Via the KT-100 project, KAI could be likely to offer its training system to the foreign countries as a package.
"In this case, such a package will prevent Korea from draining its foreign currency and get KAI to maintain its high operation rate via our quick flight maintenance support, which will contribute to reducing the period and cost for training the pilots of the country."
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According to the company, the aircraft will be used for an introductory course for flight education of the Korean Air Force Academy’s cadets.
The air force pilots will have to conduct their primary, middle and high training programs with the basic KT-1 trainer jet and the supersonic advanced trainer jet, T-50 before training with KT-100 jet.
After completing the training programme, the pilots will continue to go through the lead-in fighter training and the combat readiness training with a TA-50 trainer.
In September, Thailand signed a contract worth $110m with KAI to deliver four advanced and tactical T-50TH trainer jets to the Royal Thai Air Force.
The new aircraft is expected to replace the Thai Air Force’s old and aging L-39 advanced trainers and the tactically introductory jets.
Image: People celebrating KAI’s KT -100 Trainer Jet maiden flight at Sachem Airport in South Gyeongsang Province. Photo: courtesy of Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd.