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Taiwan Air Force receives second indigenous advanced jet trainer.

| 2021

According to information published by Focus Taiwan on December 22, 2021, the Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force took delivery of the second indigenous advanced jet trainer (AJT) of local aircraft maker Aerospace Industrial Development Corp (AIDC).

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Taiwan Air Force receives second indigenous advanced jet trainer AIDC T-5 Brave Eagle jet trainer (Picture source: Youtube)

The AIDC T-5 Brave Eagle is a supersonic advanced jet trainer under development by the Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) of Taiwan.

The T-5 Brave Eagle program was born from a joint collaboration between the National Institute of Science and Technology Chung-Shan (NCSIST), the ROCAF and the AIDC. The $ 2.2 billion program aims to replace ROCAF's AIDC AT-3 Tzu Chung and Northrop F-5E/F Tiger II fleets, which serve as advanced trainers and lead-in fighter trainers (LIFT) respectively.

The design is based on the AIDC F-CK-1 Ching-Kuo and shares the same engines, but will have 80% new components including a composite body.

More than 55% of its components are made in Taiwan. It has been reported that the aircraft was designed from the beginning to serve dual peacetime training and wartime combat roles.

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