The US Air Force has awarded a US$9.2billion contract for jet-fighter training to Boeing, based on its T-X trainer jets plus simulators.
CAPTION: Boeing T-X T-1 and T-2 prototypes designed, developed and flight-tested by a joint team from Boeing and Saab. Boeing photo by John Parker.
President and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security Leanne Caret said the announcement (in September) was the culmination of years of unwavering focus by the joint Boeing and Saab team.
“It is a direct result of our joint investment in developing a system centered on the unique requirements of the US Air Force,” she said.
“We expect T-X to be a franchise program for much of this century.”
Boeing and its risk-sharing partner Saab designed, developed and flight tested two all-new, purpose-built jets ― proving the system’s design, repeatability in manufacturing and training capability.
president and CEO of Saab Håkan Buskhe said the selection allowed the two companies to deliver on a commitment they jointly made nearly five years ago.
“It is a major accomplishment for our partnership with Boeing and our joint team, and I look forward to delivering the first trainer aircraft to the Air Force, Mr Buskhe said.
Boeing is now clear to begin placing orders with its suppliers, including Saab to build the 351 jets required under the project, as well as 46 simulators and associated ground equipment.
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