Leonardo plans T-100 production centre in Alabama
Leonardo DRS will produce the T-100 jet trainer at a new aircraft manufacturing facility in Tuskegee, Alabama, if it is successful in its bid for the US Air Force's T-X programme, the company announced on 30 March.
The new aircraft manufacturing site and final assembly line for the T-100 will be located at Moton Field Municipal Airport in Tuskegee.
The twin F124 turbofan propulsion engines for the T-100 will be built by Honeywell Aerospace's International Turbine Company in Phoenix, Arizona. CAE USA will provide the ground-based training system which will be developed in Tampa, Florida.
William J. Lynn, CEO of Leonardo DRS and prime contractor for the T-100 team, said: 'Building the T-100 aircraft in Alabama will create American jobs while providing the air force with the world's best trainer. We believe that consolidating the T-100 integrator and airframe manufacturer under one roof streamlines the proposal's management and our bid will deliver the best value for money to the US Air Force.'
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The total cost of the design and construction contract will be €15 million (US$16.2 million) with a completion deadline of 18 months.
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