Boeing and Saab unveil two trainers for competition


Boeing and its partner Saab AB will use their two production T-X aircraft, revealed Tuesday September 13, to show the US Air Force the performance, affordability and maintainability advantages of their approach. Boeing T-X is an all-new aircraft designed specifically for the US Air Force training mission.

Boeing’s design takes advantage of the latest technologies, tools and manufacturing techniques. It is an advanced aircraft designed to evolve as technologies, missions and training needs change.

The design is more affordable and flexible than older, existing aircraft.

“Our T-X is real, ready and the right choice for training pilots for generations to come,” said Boeing Defense, Space & Security President and CEO Leanne Caret.

The Boeing T-X aircraft has one engine, twin tails, stadium seating and an advanced cockpit with embedded training. The system also offers state-of-the-art ground-based training and a maintenance-friendly design for long-term supportability.

T-X will replace the Air Force’s aging T-38 aircraft. Initial operating capability is planned for 2024.

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