Taiwan begins assembly of new advanced jet trainers

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/06/01
By Su Mu-chun and Ko Lin

Taipei, June 1 (CNA) Assembly of Taiwan’s new advanced jet trainers (AJT) officially began Friday with a launch ceremony held at the Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. (AIDC) in Taichung.

The AIDC, known for developing the country’s indigenous Ching-kuo fighter, has been commissioned by the Ministry of National Defense to design and manufacture 66 of the advanced jet trainers, with the first prototype scheduled to be rolled out in 2019 and flight testing expected to be conducted starting in June 2020.

The advanced trainers are scheduled to be delivered by 2026 and will replace the military’s AT-3 trainer aircraft and F-5 fighter jets, which are over 30 years old.

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