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Taiwan showed the first prototype combat trainer HT-5

The Taiwanese Air Force in the near future will receive the latest supersonic combat training aircraft of national design. On September 24 this year, Taipei hosted the presentation of the first prototype of the Yongying combat training aircraft (XT-5).

Taiwan showed the first prototype combat trainer HT-5

Taipei hosted the presentation of the new XT-5 combat training aircraft, developed by the Taiwanese aerospace company Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) based on the previously developed and manufactured AIDC for the Taiwanese air force, the F-SK-1 Ching-kuo light fighter, taken out of production at 1999 year.

It was previously reported that the new XT-5 was created on the basis of the F-SK-1В two-seat combat training fighter, but unlike it, it should receive a lightweight glider with widespread use of composite materials. In addition, it was stated that the new aircraft will lose radar and cannon weapons, but at the same time will receive a reinforced landing gear and an increased fuel supply. The Honeywell / ITEC F125 engines will be retained or replaced with their afterburner version of the F124.

Presumably, the two-seat XT-5 will have a maximum take-off weight of about eight tons. The aircraft will be able to develop supersonic speed, but there is no exact data on it, and the available ones vary greatly. Flight range declared up to 2,3 thousand kilometers. In the combat training version, the XT-5 will be able to carry various weapons weighing up to three tons.

Fighter F-CK-1, which served as the basis for the XT-5, has a length of 14,5 meters and a wingspan of about nine meters. A plane with a maximum take-off mass of 9,5 tons can reach speeds of up to 2,2 thousands of kilometers per hour, and its flight range is 1,1 thousands of kilometers. It is armed with an 20-mm caliber cannon and has nine suspension points for missiles and bombs with a total mass of 3,9 tons.

The new aircraft should replace the obsolete AT-3 Tzu Chung and F-5F Tiger II combat training aircraft in service with the 1984 and 1972 of the year, respectively, in the Taiwan Air Force pilot training program.
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  1. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 28 September 2019 16: 39
    It looks futuristic. Taiwan has enough money. I think they’ll finish it qualitatively. It will be fun to look at this - semi-combat, with the parameters of an excellent fighter ...
    1. Lexus
      Lexus 29 September 2019 01: 52
      There is no radar, so the semi-combat is very arbitrary. Another thing is that flight and flight characteristics will be at the level of a fighter, slightly worse, let’s say so.
  2. Lipchanin
    Lipchanin 28 September 2019 16: 45
    Beautiful car.
    And the performance characteristics for the "desk" are not bad.
    Unless of course true
  3. Andrei Nikolaevich
    Andrei Nikolaevich 28 September 2019 16: 54
    I am not an expert, but, my desk, is beautiful.
  4. Amateur
    Amateur 28 September 2019 17: 00
    Honeywell / ITEC F125 engines
    have a maximum thrust of ~ 6,5 tons.
    For an airplane weighing
    maximum take-off weight of about eight tons.
    speed in
    up to 2,2 thousand kilometers per hour
    is a masterpiece of advertising. crying
  5. Rwmos
    Rwmos 28 September 2019 17: 06
    One thing is not clear - it is positioned as a training-BATTLE. Without a gun and without a radar. That is, the training - but not in any way combat, in Taiwan's main enemies - China, and such Chinese helicopters will knock down such Pepelians. The gun was already shot by penguins in Korea - everyone knows the result. A bunch of rocket fighters flaming on the ground. And without a radar, rockets will be sad.
    Once again - in the case of a mess with China - these Pepelians will also fight. But not for long and very sad.
    It is strange somehow
    1. donavi49
      donavi49 28 September 2019 17: 25
      Well, the Yak-130 has neither a radar, nor a cannon (we don’t consider the outboard, because it is also possible on a Taiwanese) and this does not prevent it from being called combat training. In the topic about all sorts of FA-50 (with two radars to choose from, one of which is AFAR and compatible with AIM-120C) - writing Yak-130 is better.

      They have another plane for China, also of their own design. But if China takes it seriously, then Taiwan can only run around and shout "Americans, save me, Trumpushka, dear, protect-save."

    2. Oquzyurd
      Oquzyurd 28 September 2019 17: 42
      For comparison, what the Turks have just built (the Hürjet is in the testing phase) will become more abrupt, since the small plane will have everything from adult aircraft in digital design, and radar, and air refueling, a digital pilot helmet, and everything else, from and to.
      1. Rwmos
        Rwmos 28 September 2019 17: 55
        China has the same thing ... JL-15 ... And this is a hefty China, and not tiny Taiwan, which, in which case it is necessary to lift everything that flies. At the same time, in China and Turkey (the strongest armies of their region) there are quite combat training aircraft, and Taiwan has nowhere to put money - separate training, separately combat ...
  6. Nycomed
    Nycomed 28 September 2019 18: 43
    Nice plane, with very good data. We have experience in creating trainers and combat aircraft. Of course, it will not go for export (Taiwan has no problems with palm oil), but will replace the "oldies" at home.
  7. ananias mudishev
    ananias mudishev 28 September 2019 23: 23
    And where can I put the tanks for 2,3 thousand km?
  8. Warrior2015
    Warrior2015 29 September 2019 02: 05
    The plane is very beautiful, but essentially only a training one, not a combat training one ...
  9. NBV
    NBV 29 September 2019 16: 13
    It looks like a twin-engine design F 16. Without a radar, its combat capabilities will be seriously limited, even if it receives the coordinates of targets from an external source. For the training of cadets on a supersonic full approach.
  10. pavelty
    pavelty 30 September 2019 10: 22
    Judging by the geometry, the radar there is not physically physically stuck there ...