KAI T-50 Golden Eagle

KAI T-50 Golden Eagle mock-up at the Paris Air Show.

The KAI T-50 Golden Eagle is a supersonic advanced jet trainer being developed by KAI for the ROKAF. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, the principal subcontractor to KAI, is providing technical expertise in all aspects of the program and is responsible for developing the T-50 avionics system, flight control system and wings.
T-50 Full Scale Development program began in 1997 and will continue through 2005.The T-50 will have the maneuverability, endurance and advanced systems to prepare future pilots to fly current and next-generation fighters like advanced F-16s, the F-22 and the Joint Strike Fighter. These same characteristics give it an excellent capability as a lead-in fighter trainer and potential light-combat aircraft in many air forces.

Developing Nation: South-Korea.
Task: Supersonic Trainer/light-combat aircraft.
First Flight: 20 August 2002 T-50.
29 August 2003 A-50.
First Delivery: 2005.
Crew: 2.
Ejection Seat: Martin-Baker  zero/zero.
Wing Span: 9,45 m.
Length: 13,14 m.
Height: 4,94 m.
Engine (s): One General Electric 404-GE-102  turbofan with 17.700 pounds  thrust.
Weight: without fuel: 6.350 Kg.
Max. payload: 4.536 Kg.
Max. Take off weight: Max. take off: 13.470 Kg.
Max. Speed: Mach 1.5
Operating altitude: 14.800 m.
Max. Range: 1.850 km.
Performance: Max. rate of climb at sea level 8.225 m/min.
Radar: Lockheed Martin APG-167*.
Weapons: 20-mm M61A1 Vulcan Cannon with 208 rounds*.
AIM-9 Sidewinder*.
AGM-65 Maverick*.
Mk 82/83/84 bombs*.
Rocket launchers*.
Version: T-50.

* only A-50 attack version.

On Order:

  • South-Korea Government 6 prototypes
  • South-Korea   50 T-50 and 44 A-50

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