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AIDC T-5 Yung Yin (Brave Eagle)


Lightweight Advanced Jet Trainer / Light Strike Aircraft (2022)


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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.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 07/30/2020 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
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 a single Honeywell /TEC F124 series low-bypass, non-afterburning turbofan engine, a powerplant with roots in the civilian market TFE731 and the afterburning version of the same model is the F125 - the engine driving the aforementioned F-CK-1 fighter (through a side-by-side arrangement).

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.

February 2017 - The contract to jointly develop an Advanced jet Trainer based in the F-CK-1 fighter jet was signed between NCSIST and the government of Taiwan.

September 2019 - AIDC unveiled its T-5 Advanced Jet Trainer prototype on September 24th, 2019. The program is on pace for a first-flight to be had in 2020, paving the way for deliveries thereafter. It now bears the official designation of T-5 "Yung Yin" ( or "Brave Eagle").

October 2019 - A first-flight of the T-5 AJT prototype is now slated for June 2020 with early production set for 2021. Up to 66 aircraft are to be procured by the Republic of China Air Force and used to succeed and aging line of F-5E/F aircraft in same role. up to four prototypes will be used in the various testing phases to bring the AJT to full operational quality standards.

June 2020 - The AT-5 AJT prototype has begun its taxi testing phase. A first-flight is planned for late-June 2020.

June 2020 - The Brave Eagle AJT has recorded its first flight out of the Ching Chuan Kang Air Base (Taichung, Taiwan) on June 10th, 2020.

Specifications



Service Year
2022

Origin
Taiwan national flag graphic
Taiwan

Status
IN-DEVELOPMENT
Program in Progress.
Crew
2

Production
1
UNITS


Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) - Taiwan
National flag of Taiwan Taiwan
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Close-Air Support (CAS)
Developed to operate in close proximity to active ground elements by way of a broad array of air-to-ground ordnance and munitions options.
Training (General)
Developed ability to be used as a dedicated trainer for student pilots (typically under the supervision of an instructor).


Length
47.6 ft
(14.50 m)
Width/Span
30.3 ft
(9.25 m)
Height
14.4 ft
(4.40 m)
Empty Wgt
9,921 lb
(4,500 kg)
MTOW
16,535 lb
(7,500 kg)
Wgt Diff
+6,614 lb
(+3,000 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the AIDC T-5 production variant)
Installed: 1 x Honeywell / ITEC F124-200TW non-afterburning turbofan engine developing an 6,250lb of thrust each (estimated).
Max Speed
640 mph
(1,030 kph | 556 kts)
Ceiling
42,651 ft
(13,000 m | 8 mi)
Range
839 mi
(1,350 km | 2,500 nm)
Rate-of-Climb
9,500 ft/min
(2,896 m/min)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the AIDC T-5 production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database. View aircraft by powerplant type)
Assumed practice bombs, rocket pods, gun pods, and jettisonable fuel tanks.


Supported Types


Graphical image of an aircraft machine gun pod
Graphical image of aircraft aerial rockets
Graphical image of an aircraft rocket pod
Graphical image of an aircraft conventional drop bomb munition
Graphical image of an aircraft external fuel tank


(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Hardpoint Mountings: 2


Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) - Base Project Name.
A-1 - Prototype Designation; one of four planned for ground and test flights.
T-5 - Base Series Designation.
XT-5 "Blue Magpie" - Former designation.


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