T-50A for Advanced Pilot Training

T-50A for Advanced Pilot Training

The T-50A is made to train 5th Generation pilots. The F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II have advanced capabilities that have never before been available. Advanced pilot training is the key to making the most of those capabilities. There is no more effective or affordable way than the T-50A to train the next generation of pilots to fly, fight and win. With more than 150,000 flight hours on the T-50 airframe, the T-50A is ready to deliver ahead of schedule. 

Fast Facts

  • We’ve already produced 179 T-50 aircraft. The T-50A is an upgrade for today’s pilots.
  • The T-50 fleet has amassed more than 150,000 flight hours. That’s a lot.
  • The T-50A currently has a mission capable rate of 97%. It exceeds standards and expectations.
  • More than 2,000 pilots have been trained using the T-50 series. It works.
  • The T-50A is high performance, supersonic and offers a seamless transition to 5th Gen training. That's what our pilots need.
  • The T-50A can achieve a 17-minute turn-around-time, compared to the threshold requirement of 45 minutes. 
  • There are 9 T-50 variants… we’ve done this before.
  • The T-50A will create thousands of U.S.-based jobs. Bring it on.    

Ahead of schedule and ahead of the curve, what can't the T-50A do?

T-50A Mission X


As the creators and builders of 5th Generation aircraft, we at Lockheed Martin - along with our partners at Korea Aerospace Industries - bring the experience and leadership needed to support the next generation of fighter pilots.

Seamless Transition into 5th Generation Fighters

The T-50A is easy to fly—similar to the F-16, F-22, and F-35—which helps avoid negative training and unnecessary sorties. The T-50A creates better pilots, in less time, for less cost by enabling student pilots to focus their airmanship skills on improved aero performance, digital flight controls/fly-by-wire, with next-gen air traffic management systems, while operating from an anthropometrically-designed 5th Generation cockpit.

Downloading / Offloading for Cost-Effectiveness

The Republic of Korea Air Force’s training experience has proven that the new training system yields a better fighter pilot in less time with fewer sorties and lower cost. The T-50 training program has reduced the number of required flights in the KF-16 to only nine sorties. The Ground-Based Training System contains an array of innovative technologies to provide options for “offloading” aircraft training tasks into the simulation environment.

Built-In Mission Flexibility

The T-50A aircraft configuration is based on South Korea’s FA-50, which is currently in production. The FA-50, the most advanced fighter version of the T-50, incorporates air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons, along with an avionics suite that contains an electronic warfare suite, a multi-mode radar and an advanced data-link.

Ground-Based Training System (GBTS)

Proven. OurT-50A ground-based training system applies lessons learned from decades of training with leading-edge technologies.

Low Risk. We are an industry leader in training solutions. We can deliver immersive, synchronized ground-based training systems that maximize training effectiveness and reduce costs.

Ready for Next Gen. The agile T-50A ground-based training system is focused on training the next generation of pilots to command next-generation aircraft.

T-50A: Ready Day One


Integrated Logistics Support – and a Growing, Global Support Initiative

The T-50A team brings together extensive experience in world-class, worldwide logistics support of its products. Korea Aerospace Industries, Lockheed Martin, General Electric and an international supplier network stand ready to provide all aspects of support for the T-50A training system.

Support includes logistics planning, site surveys, base- and depot-level repair shops, spares provisioning and replenishment, support equipment, electronic technical manuals and portable maintenance readers. It also includes technical services, logistics management and future upgrade programs, plus maintenance technician training and training equipment. The result: Individual customer needs are readily accommodated.

Our logistics and sustainment solutions deliver performance reliability and support the full life cycle of our customers’ platforms and products, ensuring relevant capabilities and mission excellence at the lowest total cost.

T-50A View From 360-Degree Cockpit Camera

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