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Red Hawk full-rate production begins for Boeing

24th February 2021 - 16:52 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

The USAF wants an initial 351 T-7A Red Hawks to replace the T-38C Talon.

Boeing has begun full-rate production of the T-7A Red Hawk advanced trainer aircraft at its St Louis facility, the manufacturer announced on 23 February.

It described the T-7A as its first ‘eSeries’ jet to be designed, built and tested along a digital thread, ‘increasing production quality and reducing assembly time’. Red Hawk was designed and engineered using 3D model-based definition and data management systems.

The aircraft was jointly developed by Boeing and Saab. The USAF has an initial requirement of 351 aircraft to replace its T-38C Talon in the advanced jet training role, and it awarded a contract in September 2018.

Boeing said in July 2020 that it is on track to deliver the first low-rate production aircraft in 2023, before the scheduled IOC in 2024.

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