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The first Boeing T-X trainer aircraft was revealed to the public in St. Louis on Tuesday (Image: Boeing)

Boeing and its partner Saab AB have unveiled their two production T-X aircraft for the US Air Force trainer competition.

The aircraft revealed Tuesday is an all-new aircraft designed specifically for the U.S. 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 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.

Apart from Boeing-Saab, Lockheed Martin-KAI team is offering T-50A, Raytheon-Leonardo and CAE are offering T-100 based on M-346 design. BAE systems is teaming with Northrop Grumman and L-3 systems for a new aircraft to offer to the US.

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