Boeing reveals first two aircraft for U.S. Air Force T-X competition
Boeing and its partner Saab AB [Stockholm: SAABB] will use their two production T-X aircraft, revealed on Tuesday, to show the U.S. Air Force the performance, affordability, and maintainability advantages of their approach.
Boeing T-X is an all-new aircraft designed specifically for the U.S. Air Force training mission, and takes advantage of the latest technologies, tools and manufacturing techniques. It is an advanced aircraft designed to evolve as technologies, missions and training needs change. The design is more affordable and flexible than older, existing aircraft.
“Our T-X is real, ready and the right choice for training pilots for generations to come,” said Boeing Defense, Space & Security President and CEO Leanne Caret.
The Boeing T-X aircraft has one engine, twin tails, stadium seating and an advanced cockpit with embedded training. The system also offers state-of-the-art ground-based training and a maintenance-friendly design for long-term supportability.
“It’s an honor to build the future of Air Force training,” said Saab President and CEO Håkan Buskhe. “We have created the best solution thanks to great cooperation and a clear strategy since day one.”
T-X will replace the Air Force’s aging T-38 aircraft. Initial operating capability is planned for 2024.