The US Air Force (USAF) is expected to award two significant training system contracts in 2018, one for B-1B Lancer bomber and the other for the C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft training systems.
The B-1B Request for Proposal (RFP), which was not made publicly available, was released to industry on 21 May. Responses are due on 5 July and the air force expects to make an award by the end of 2018. Bidders submitted their proposal for the C-17 training system in January 2018 and the air force is expected to make an award in the August–September timeframe.
For the past seven years, TRU Simulation and Training, which is part of Textron, has been the prime contractor for the B-1B aircraft training system, managing five weapon systems trainers for the USAF.
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