Boeing, Saab team for USAF T-X programme bid
Boeing and Saab have teamed to offer a solution for the US Air Force’s upcoming competition to replace its T-38 aircrew training system. The companies have signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) that will see them develop and build a new T-X Family of Systems training solution for the bid.
The agreement - which covers design, development, production, support, sales and marketing - will see Boeing act as prime contractor on the bid, with Saab acting as primary partner.
The solution to be offered for the programme will be a completely new designed aircraft, built specifically to meet the needs of the US Air Force. The T-X programme will include aircraft and training that will prepare warfighters for the next 40 years.
Current plans will see the US Air Force acquire a new Advanced Pilot Training Family of Systems and about 350 aircraft, plus associated ground-based training systems and logistics and sustainment support.
Chris Chadwick, president, Boeing Military Aircraft, said: ‘Teaming with Saab will bring together our companies' formidable technical expertise, global presence, and willingness to present an adaptable and affordable advanced pilot training solution.
‘Boeing and Saab form the foundation for what will be the strongest, most cost-effective industry team. Our comprehensive Family of Systems approach provides a new, purpose-built T-X aircraft supported by innovative training and logistics support to offer total-life-cycle cost benefits to the US Air Force and taxpayers.’
Håkan Buskhe, president and CEO, Saab, added: ‘Saab is proud to join with Boeing for the T-X competition, thus creating a highly capable team to deliver unprecedented value to the customer. We are sure this is the best way to supply affordable first-class trainers to the US Air Force. We will invest in development of this completely new aircraft design over the coming years. This cooperation with Boeing is part of our strategic development and we confirm our long-term financial targets.’
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