Defense Highlights of 2015

| Aviation Week & Space Technology

Korea Aerospace Industries unveiled an upgraded T-50 on Dec. 17 aimed, in partnership with Lockheed Martin, at the U.S. Air Force’s T-X trainer requirement. Flight testing is planned in South Korea in 2016, and the U.S. in 2017. Modifications include an inflight refueling receptacle in a dorsal module that also houses additional fuel, large-area cockpit displays and embedded training system.

Embraer’s KC-390 tanker/transport made its first flight from its Gaviao Peixoto facility in Brazil on Feb. 3. Development of the twin-turbofan airlifter is funded by the Brazilian air force, and in July the country’s economic problems forced a two-year delay in the program, slipping entry into service to 2018. After a hiatus of almost nine months, the KC-390 returned to flight on Oct. 26. Read Full Story >>