International Turbine Engine (ITEC) and McDonnell Douglas (MDC) are continuing with flight tests of the F124 turbofan on a T-45A Goshawk, despite the aircraft recently being dropped from the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) lead-in fighter competition. The first flight of the F-124-powered T-45 was accomplished in October. ITEC, a joint venture between AlliedSignal and Aero Industry Development Center (AIDC) of Taiwan, hopes that the engine will replace the Rolls-Royce Turboméca Adour 871 on US Navy T-45As.

The F124, a non-after burning version of the F125 that powers AIDC's A-1 Ching Kuo indigenous defence fighter, has been selected for the Czech Republic's Aero Vodochody L-159 light-combat aircraft. A flight-test engine is due to be shipped to Aero later this year, with production deliveries tentatively scheduled to begin in early-1998.

Source: Flight International