â€œWe now have two aircraft in flight test proving our upgrade and we’re nearing completion of our assembly and training operations center in Greenville, South Carolina,” Doug Batista, Lockheed’s T-50A program manager, said in a statement released Tuesday.
The Lockheed-KAI team testedÂ the first T-50A trainerÂ in June.
The aircraft will be the companies’ jointÂ offering for the Air Force’sÂ Advanced Pilot Training competition and is designedÂ to comply with systemÂ requirements that the military serviceÂ released in March last year.
TheÂ team also plans to offer anÂ accompanying ground-based training system to the serviceÂ branch, Lockheed noted.
T-50AÂ is an updated version of KAIâ€™s T-50 platformÂ that hasÂ recorded more than 100,000 flight hours and has been used to train more than 1,000 pilots.