In a momentous achievement for South Korea’s indigenous defense industry, the Republic of Korea (ROK) Air Force has proudly announced that its fleet of domestically manufactured FA-50 light attack aircraft has collectively logged an impressive 100,000 accident-free flight hours. This significant milestone was reached last Thursday, October 5, and it stands as a testament to the reliability and performance of this advanced light combat aircraft.

ROK shared this achievement on its official Facebook page, celebrating the dedication and hard work of FA-50 pilots and mechanics who have contributed to this remarkable safety record. This accomplishment underlines the country’s growing prominence in the global aerospace industry.

The Path to 100,000 Accident-Free Flight Hours

The journey to this historic achievement began over a decade ago when South Korea introduced the FA-50 light attack aircraft.

Operated by both the 8th Fighter Wing in Wonju, located 87 kilometers southeast of Seoul, and the 16th Fighter Wing in Yecheon County, 161 kilometers to the southeast of the capital city, approximately 60 FA-50s have collectively covered an astonishing 55 million kilometers over the past decade.

To put this remarkable distance into perspective, it is accordingly equivalent to approximately 140 times the distance between the Earth and the Moon. This extensive flight history not only demonstrates the aircraft’s exceptional durability but also showcases the proficiency of the South Korean Air Force in maintaining and operating the FA-50 fleet.

FA50 milestone
(Image source: ROK/Facebook)

The FA-50 is a derivative of the T-50 trainer jet, which is produced by Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. (KAI). It has further benefited from the technical support provided by the American aerospace giant Lockheed Martin. This collaboration has enabled South Korea to produce a state-of-the-art light attack aircraft with cutting-edge technology and advanced features.

The FA-50’s Impressive Features

The FA-50 is not just a milestone in terms of flight hours; it is a technological marvel in the field of aerospace engineering. This versatile light combat aircraft has been upgraded to meet the demands of modern warfare. Some of its notable features include:

1 | Tactical Data Link. The FA-50 incorporates a Tactical Data Link system, enhancing its ability to communicate and coordinate with other aircraft and ground units effectively.