Taiwan has rolled out the T-5 'Blue Magpie' Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) aircraft that it developed to equip the Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF).
The unveiling of the supersonic twin-seat Taiwan Aerospace Industrial Development Corp (AIDC) AJT on 23 September was attended by the country's president, Tsai Ing-wen.
With the rollout, ground trials of the aircraft will commence ahead of an anticipated first flight in June 2020. The RoCAF is slated to receive 66 T-5s to replace its ageing AIDC AT-3 trainers by 2026, while a light fighter AT-5 variant is intended to replace the service's Northrop F-5E/F Tiger IIs.
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