Boe­ing and Saab to jointly de­velop T-X fam­ily of sys­tems train­ing so­lu­tion

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE -

Boe­ing and Saab AB have signed a joint de­vel­op­ment agree­ment ( JDA) to jointly de­velop and build a new ad­vanced, cost-ef­fi­cient T-X fam­ily of sys­tems train­ing so­lu­tion for the up­com­ing com­pe­ti­tion to re­place the US Air Force’s ag­ing T-38 air­crew train­ing sys­tem. The JDA, with Boe­ing as the prime con­trac­tor and Saab AB as pri­mary part­ner, cov­ers ar­eas in­clud­ing de­sign, de­vel­op­ment, pro­duc­tion, sup­port, sales and mar­ket­ing.

“Team­ing with Saab will bring to­gether our com­pa­nies’ for­mi­da­ble tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise, global pres­ence, and will­ing­ness to present an adapt­able and af­ford­able ad­vanced pi­lot train­ing so­lu­tion,” said Boe­ing Mil­i­tary Air­craft Pres­i­dent Chris Chad­wick. “Boe­ing and Saab form the foun­da­tion for what will be the strong­est, most cost­ef­fec­tive in­dus­try team. Our com­pre­hen­sive Fam­ily of Sys­tems ap­proach pro­vides a new, pur­pose-built T-X air­craft sup­ported by in­no­va­tive train­ing and lo­gis­tics sup­port to of­fer to­tal life-cy­cle cost ben­e­fits to the US Air Force and tax­pay­ers.”

“Saab is proud to join with Boe­ing for the T-X com­pe­ti­tion, thus cre­at­ing a highly ca­pa­ble team to de­liver un­prece­dented value to the cus­tomer. We are sure this is the best way to sup­ply af­ford­able first-class train­ers to the US Air Force,” said Saab Pres­i­dent and CEO Håkan Buskhe.

Boe­ing and Saab look for­ward to the up­com­ing ac­qui­si­tion process, which will lead to the cus­tomer award­ing the con­tract. The US Air Force T-X pro­gramme will in­clude air­craft and train­ing that will pre­pare warfight­ers for the next 40 years. The Air Force plans to re­place the T-38 with a new Ad­vanced Pi­lot Train­ing Fam­ily of Sys­tems and about 350 air­craft, plus as­so­ci­ated ground-based train­ing sys­tems and lo­gis­tics and sus­tain­ment sup­port.

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