TAI Upgrades T-38 Trainer For Air Force
Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has upgraded the first of Turkish Air Force's aging T-38 advanced training aircraft and delivered it to the military, the company has announced. A statement released by the company said that it will be upgrading the Turkish Air Force's total of 55 aircraft under a contract for the Design, Development and Avionics Modernization of the T-38s with the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM). A ceremony was held at the TAI plant near Ankara last week about the delivery of the first upgraded T-38 to the Turkish Air Force. Out of the 55 aircraft, a total of five will be upgraded at the TAI plant, while the rest will be modernized at the Turkish Air Force's 1st Air Supply and Maintenance Center. The avionically-modernized T-38s will be delivered to the Turkish Air Force. The modernization effort will be completed in 2014. The Northrop T-38 Talon, a twin-engine supersonic jet trainer, was the world's first supersonic trainer and is also the most produced. The T-38 remains in service as of 2012 in air forces throughout the world. The Turkish T-38s were donated by the United States in the 1970s.