Aft airframe section shipment to Boeing in the US marks a 'key delivery' in the EMD phase of the T-7A Red Hawk programme, Saab says.
Vertex continues role in Contracted Air Services programme
Vertex Aerospace is to provide contractor-owned and operated aircraft to the USN and FMS customers, as well as the DoD and other government agencies, in support of the Contracted Air Services (CAS) programme under a $24.51 million contract modification announced on 24 February.
The CAS programme ‘provides airborne threat simulation capabilities to train shipboard and aircraft squadron weapon systems operators and aircrew’, on how to counter potential enemy EW and electronic attack operations in the modern electronic combat environment, the DoD announced.
CAS is responsible for providing cost-effective alternatives to USN and USMC aircraft by purchasing flight hours on commercially owned and operated aircraft, on an as-needed basis.
Work on the modification from the Naval Air Warfare Center will be performed in three US locations for completion in February 2022.
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