The first indigenous trainer will be delivered on Monday

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Taipei, Nov. 28 (CNA) The Taiwanese Air Force is due to take delivery of the first indigenous advanced jet trainer (AJT) to roll off the production line on Monday, a military source told CNA on Sunday. .

Manufactured by Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. (AIDC), the government-funded trainer, serial number 11003, performed all required tests before being delivered to the military, including a series of successful test flights on October 21, according to the source who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The AJT will take off from Taichung Air Base, where AIDC is located, at 9 a.m. Monday before arriving at Taitung Air Base in southeast Taiwan at 10 a.m., the source said.

Upon landing at Taitung Air Base, a burst of water will be staged to welcome the jet, he added.

According to a Defense Department report submitted to the Legislature in September, the AIDC plans to deliver two AJTs to the Air Force by the end of this year.

A second AJT also rolled off the mass production line, with serial number 11004, and its first round of test flights took place in Taichung on Saturday, the source added.

Two AJT prototypes, serial numbers 11001 and 11002, were also manufactured, with test flights performed in June 2020 and December 2020, respectively.

A total of 66 AJT are expected to be delivered before the end of 2026, according to the report.

The AJT project was launched in 2017 to replace the army’s decades-old AT-3 trainer planes and F-5E / F trainers.

(By Matt Yu and Joseph Yeh)

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