Air Platforms

Boeing wins US Air Force T-X trainer competition

27 September 2018

Boeing said on 27 September it won the US Air Force’s lucrative T-X trainer contract. Source: IHS Markit/Gareth Jennings

Boeing said on 27 September that it won the US Air Force's (USAF's) lucrative T-X advanced pilot training system competition, the company's third major programme win in weeks.

Boeing team-mate Saab AB said the contract is worth USD9.2 billion with an initial USD813 million deal for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) portion. The EMD portion covers the first five aircraft and seven simulators.

Boeing beat out Lockheed Martin and a Leonardo-CAE-Honeywell team to replace the USAF's ageing Northrop T-38 Talon trainers. Boeing and Saab AB teamed to offer a clean sheet aircraft with Triumph Group providing the wing, vertical tail, and horizontal tail structures. Lockheed Martin teamed with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to offer KAI's T-50A. The Leonardo team offered its T-100.

The T-X programme is valued at an estimated USD1 billion for 350 aircraft. Boeing said in 2017 that it would build the entire aircraft in the United States. Saab said last year it was mulling three potential options, including building a new facility.

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