Taiwan’s T-5 Brave Eagle training jet can be armed with weapons and 80% of the design is completely new, although similar in appearance to the F-CK-1 Ching-kuo domestic fighter.
The Taiwanese leader, Tsai Ing-wen, in the morning of June 22, 2020, witnessed the first public test flight of the first domestic training jet model in a plan to increase defense autonomy, according to Reuters.
The Brave Eagle (AT-5) was built by Taiwan Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) in a project with a total budget of NT $ 66.8 billion.
This is the second aircraft manufactured in Taiwan, after the F-CK-1 Ching-kuo, which had its first flight in 1989 and officially operated in 1994.
Speaking at Taichung’s air base, Tsai Ing-wen said the new aircraft rejected the idea that Taiwan lacked technology and should focus on meeting the defense needs from external source.
“The new training aircraft will not only create more than 2,000 jobs, but will also impart experience and nurture a new generation of aviation industry technical talents,” said Tsai Ing-wen.
The Brave Eagle and an F-CK-1 Ching-kuo fighter made the flight about 12 minutes before the witness of Mrs. Tsai Ing-wen. This type of training aircraft can be armed, and Republic of China Air Force plans to equip 66 aircraft by 2026 to replace AT-3 and F-5 training aircraft.
Earlier in September, Taiwan announced the completion of the Brave Eagle prototype after deploying the project in 2017.
The Brave Eagle is similar in appearance to the F-CK-1 Ching-kuo domestic fighter, which is also manufactured by AIDC, but 80% of the design is completely new to make the aircraft’s weight lighter, according to the Taiwan Defense Agency. .