Raytheon-Leonardo Withdraws From USAF T-X Trainer Competition

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  • 12:19 PM, January 27, 2017
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Raytheon-Leonardo Withdraws From USAF T-X Trainer Competition
T-100 trainer jet will not be competing for the USAF T-X program

Raytheon and Leonardo have decided not to jointly pursue the U.S. Air Force Advanced Pilot Training program, known as T-X.

The companies released the following statement Wednesday, "In February 2016, Raytheon and Leonardo announced their intent to team on the T-X pursuit. While we remain confident that the T-100 is a strong solution, our companies were unable to reach a business agreement that is in the best interest of the U.S. Air Force," said B.J. Boling, Raytheon spokesperson. "Consequently, Raytheon and Leonardo will not jointly pursue the T-X competition."

Boeing and its partner Saab AB have unveiled their two production T-X aircraft for the US Air Force trainer competition in September last year. 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. BAE systems is teaming with Northrop Grumman and L-3 systems for a new aircraft to offer to the US. Raytheon-Leonardo and CAE were offering T-100 based on M-346 design. 

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