【看CP學英文】台灣國軍新一代高級教練機「勇鷹」在兩架IDF戰機陪同下，於今 (10) 日在台中首度試飛。
A prototype of Taiwan’s new-generation advanced trainer aircraft “Brave Eagle” (勇鷹) took off on Wednesday in Taichung for a test flight alongside two IDF fighter jets from the Republic of China Air Force. (ROCAF, 空軍).
The plane is the cornerstone of President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) policy to boost development of homegrown defense systems that increase self-sufficiency and reliance in Taiwan military capability.
The test flight went smoothly with the plane seen taking off and flying from and to the military air base in central Taiwan with the landing gear still down.
In the first flight, the goal was to check out basic functionality and how well the low-speed performance was predicted.
Given that the landing gear is just a minor, yet complex, part of a new plane that cost billions of dollars to develop, it is customary to conduct the first flight with the landing gear down.
If the aircraft must land in case of emergency, military experts believe that it is always better to keep the landing gear in extended position.
勇鷹的設計參照雙人座版的 F-CK-1 經國號戰機，再外加8成的最新零件。
The Brave Eagle design is based on the twin-seater version of the AIDC F-CK-1 Ching-Kuo Indigenous Defense Fighter (IDF), but with the incorporation of 80 percent of new components.
Highlights include the increased use of composite materials to reduce weight, greater fuel capacity, a different wing profile for slower, more stable low-level flight, removal of the gun, as well as the use of the non-afterburning Honeywell/ITEC F124-200TW.
Limited production of 66 aircraft over a six-year period will begin in November 2021. The project, which costed NT$65.1 billion (US$2.2 billion) to develop aims to replacing the AIDC AT-3 and Northrop F-5E/F which are utilized as advanced trainers and lead-in fighter trainers (LIFT) respectively.
The program is a joint collaboration between the state-owned National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST), the Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) and the Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC).