Dec 3, 2014

Boeing says its T-X Design Won't Be Unveiled Soon

Boeing continues to develop a custom-designed solution for the US Air Force’s T-X trainer replacement program with an eye on contract award in 2017 — but a company official indicated Monday that a preview of what that may look like is still a ways away.
It's not defined the timeframe that we will roll out the family of systems, including the new aircraft.
Indeed, Boeing’s plans for T-X are a closely guarded secret. Almost nothing about the design itself has leaked.
What is known is that Boeing is teamed up with Sweden-based Saab to develop the aircraft for an off-the-shelf custom design geared to meet the Air Force’s requirements. However, Boeing officials, including defense head Chris Chadwick, have insisted the plane will not be a modified version of Saab’s Gripen fighter.
The winner of the T-X competition will replace the service’s T-38 trainers with 350 new aircraft.
Boeing is facing off against the Hawk Advanced Jet Training System, a joint program led by BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman; Lockheed Martin’s offering of Korean Aerospace Industries’ T-50; and the T-100, a collaboration between General Dynamics and Italy’s Alenia Aermacchi based on the latter’s M-346 design. Textron AirLand is also offering a trainer variant of its new Scorpion jet.

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