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The thing about the T-7A is that it is a generation ahead of the TA-50. It's designed from the get go for the training of 5G aircrew and it could be difficult to re-engineer an older airframe to achieve similar aerodynamic capabilities to the T-7A. Don't forget the T-7A Redtail is designed to simulate inflight handling characteristics of other aircraft.The Hawks were a 20 year old design when the RAAF got them, The P8 is based on a design that has evolved from the original B737 of the 1960's. How old the basic airframe design is, is overshadowed by what is fitted to and into that that basic airframe.