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Lockheed Martin building new Air Force training jets in Greenville

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The T-50A jet (Courtesy: Lockheed Martin) The T-50A jet (Courtesy: Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin said its newest jets, which are being offered in the U.S. Air Force’s Advanced Pilot Training Program competition, are being built and tested in Greenville.

“A number of sites were considered for the FACO location. Following a detailed examination, the Greenville Operations facility was selected based upon the unique requirements of the APT competition and the support and partnership of the state of South Carolina,” said Orlando Carvalho, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. “While the FACO site will be located in Greenville, Lockheed Martin will continue leveraging people and capabilities from across our corporation and our industry partners to win the APT competition.”

The T-50A fighter jets were developed jointly by Lockheed Martin and Korea Aerospace Industries, according to a news release from Lockheed Martin.

The T-50A is being offered as a replacement the U.S. Air Force’s T-38 jets and being marketed as the most effective and affordable “way to train the next generation of pilots to fly, fight and win.”

The jets will be used to train pilots to fly the F-16, F-22, and F-35 fighter jets.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R, SC) and U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R, SC) are expected to attend the cockpit demonstration.

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