Indonesia inducts T-50i jet trainers

written by australianaviation.com.au | February 16, 2014
An Indonesian T-50i. (TNI-AU)
An Indonesian T-50i Golden Eagle. (TNI-AU)

The Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) has formally inducted a squadron of 16 Korean Aerospace T-50i Golden Eagle advanced trainers into service.

In a ceremony attended by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro, the aircraft were handed over to the TNI-AU by the Ministry of Defence on February 13 for service with 15 Squadron at Iswahyudi airbase in Madiun, East Java. The T-50s were ordered in May 2011 at a cost of US$400m (A$443m), and they will replace Hawk Mk53 jets which have been in service since 1980.

The Indonesian T-50s have been equipped with systems similar to those installed on the multi-role F/A-50, albeit without an air intercept radar, although Indonesia reportedly has plans to install a radar at a later date.

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4 Comments

  • Dane

    says:

    Looks like the ugly step child of an F-16 and F/A-18

    • australianaviation.com.au

      says:

      It has a lot of F-16 DNA in it – Lockheed Martin assisted in the T-50’s development, and may offer it for the USAF’s ATX contest.
      Cheers
      Andrew

  • Wayne

    says:

    Seeing the ROKAF “Black Eagles” T-50 aerobatic team in Singapore last week was a sight for sore eyes.

    Pity the RAAF “Roulettes” fly 25 year old PC-9’s….

    Don’t mention the RSAF “Black Knights” F-16 team either…!

  • Raymond

    says:

    Yes, as good as the Roulettes are, they would be even better if they returned to jets as their mount!

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