U.S. Air Force T-X Pilot Training Program Contract Has Been Awarded to Boeing
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, the USA (BulgarianMilitary.com) – On 27 September 2018 Boeing announced that the company has been awarded United States Air Force T-X Pilot Training Program Contract at the amount of up to $9.2 billion. In that connection the Air Force plans to purchase 351 jets, 46 simulators and associated ground equipment, learned BulgarianMilitary.com
Thus the U.S. Air Force pilots will soon be able to train for combat with T-X jets and simulators from Boeing.
The T-X advanced pilot training system, which features an all-new aircraft, is designed, developed and flight-tested by the team of Boeing and Saab.
The President and Chief Executive Officer at Boeing Defence, Space & Security Leanne Caret commented, “Today’s announcement is the culmination of years of unwavering focus by the Boeing and Saab team. It is a direct result of our joint investment in developing a system cantered on the unique requirements of the U.S. Air Force. We expect T-X to be a franchise program for much of this century.”
Boeing together with its risk-sharing partner Saab flight tested two all-new, purpose-built jets and thus demonstrated the system’s design, repeatability in manufacturing and training capability.
The President and Chief Executive Officer at Saab Håkan Buskhe added, “This selection allows our two companies to deliver on a commitment we jointly made nearly five years ago. It is a major accomplishment for our partnership with Boeing and our joint team, and I look forward to delivering the first trainer aircraft to the Air Force.”
Now Boeing can start placing orders with its suppliers, including Saab.
At this stage, Saab, as reported from the company yesterday, 27th Septemeber 2018, has not yet received an order from Boeing, which is the designated prime contractor for the Advanced Pilot Training Program.
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Source: BOEING/www.boeing.com and Saab/saabgroup.com