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AIDC Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT)

Taiwan (2021)
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Despite its resemblance to the existing AIDC F-CK-1 fighter product, the Advanced Jet Trainer will be upwards of 80-percent an all-new design.


Detailing the development and operational history of the AIDC Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) Lightweight Advanced Jet Trainer / Light Strike Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 6/21/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

AIDC of Taiwan is in the process of developing the Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) to succeed its aging line of AT-3 jets also produced by the company. The AJT is based on the existing AIDC F-CK-1 "Ching-kuo" fighter aircraft framework currently (2017) in service with the Republic of China Air Force (Taiwan) but will be 80% its own design - taking just the general form of the F-CK-1 and a few other qualities. The project hopes to produce fruit by 2021 at which point it is expected that most of the AT-3 fleet will be either fully retired or on its way out.

The AJT is set to be powered by 2 x Honeywell /TECF124 series low-bypass, non-afterburning turbofan engines. These have roots in the civilian market TFE731 engine and the afterburning version of the same system is the F125 - the engine that powers the aforementioned F-CK-1 fighter in a side-by-side arrangement. The F124 engines will require a larger fuselage to house the pairing that what is seen on the F-CK-1.

As a trainer aircraft, the AJT will not feature radar in its nose section but will retain the general form of the nose as seen in the F-CK-1 fighter. The crew of two will sit in tandem under a long-running, unobstructed canopy set ahead of midships. A single vertical tail fin will be featured aft (as in the F-CK-1) between the two exhaust ports. The general appearance of both the wing mainplanes and tailplanes of the F-CK-1 will be largely retained though the former is set to feature thicker chord. More internal volume will allow for more internal fuel to be carried and therefore allow the aircraft to remain aloft longer. Up to 10% of the construction of the aircraft is set to feature lightweight composites and the avionics fit will be provided through BAe Systems with locally-developed software to boot.

Development work on the AJT began in April of 2017 and is expected to span four years, encompassing tests, flight testing and formal evaluations. A first-flight is tentatively scheduled for 2020 and deliveries are set to begin soon after. It is expected that the ROCAF will secure about sixty-six of the new trainers to replace its AT-3 stock which currently numbers forty-nine in inventory (2017).

Dimensions and performance values presented on this page are estimated on the part of the author. They will be revised as additional information on the AJT is released by the manufacturer.

Any available statistics for the AIDC Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) Lightweight Advanced Jet Trainer / Light Strike Aircraft are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 750mph
Lo: 375mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (640mph).

    Graph average of 562.5 miles-per-hour.
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Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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Origin: Taiwan
Year: 2021
Type: Lightweight Advanced Jet Trainer / Light Strike Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) - Taiwan
Production: 0
Status: In-Development
Global Operators:
Taiwan (planned)
Historical Commitments / Honors:

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Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
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Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
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Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the AIDC AJT model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
2


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
47.57 ft


Meters
14.5 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
30.35 ft


Meters
9.25 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
14.44 ft


Meters
4.4 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
9,921 lb


Kilograms
4,500 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
16,535 lb


Kilograms
7,500 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
2 x Honeywell F124 non-afterburning turbofan engines developing an 6,250lb of thrust each (estimated).

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
640 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
1,030 kph


Knots
556 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
839 mi


Kilometers
1,350 km


Nautical Miles
729 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
42,651 ft


Meters
13,000 m


Miles
8.08 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
9,500 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
2,896 m/min

Supported Weapon Systems:

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Armament - Hardpoints (2):

Unknown as of this writing. Typical loads for trainer aircraft of this type include practice bombs, rocket pods and fuel tanks.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) - Base Project Name.