On June 10th, 2020 Taiwan Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) newly developped T-5 Brave Eagle advanced jet trainer took to the sky for the first from Ching Chuan Kang air base near the city of Taichung, Taiwan. According to Taiwan’s Military News Agency The twenty minute flight executed reportedly with the landing gear down, has been described as being part of a preliminary flight testng as the official flight testing program is scheduled to start on June 22nd 2020.
Taiwan AIDC T-5 Brave Eagle advanced jet trainer program was initiated in the early 2000s as Taiwan’s US$2.2 billion program effort to supply the RoC Air Force of Taiwan (Republic of China) with 66 indigenously built advanced jet trainer. The T-5 program built upon the experience AIDC had acquired building the highly capable F-CK-1 Ching-Kuo Indigenous Defense Fighter (IDF). Both aircraft share 80% components and the T-5 relies on two Honeywell/ITEC F124-200TW non-afterburning turbofan engines while the F-CK-1 is powered by two Honeywell/ITEC F125-70 afterburning engine. The T-5 which has slightly greater dimension than the F-CK-1 should by the year 2026 arrive in sufficient numbers to replace aging AT-3 trainer aircraft and F-5 fighter jets, which have passed 30 years of operation.