The trainer solution from Boeing and Saab with other potential team members will be a completely new designed aircraft
The US Boeing Company and Saab AB of Sweden announced today they 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 U.S. Air Force’s aging T-38 aircrew training system. Boeing will be the prime contractor for the US government bid and Saab AB the primary partner. The trainer solution from Boeing and Saab with other potential team members will be a completely new designed aircraft, built to meet the needs of the Air Force. The agreement covers areas including design, development, production, support, sales and marketing.
According to Boeing Military Aircraft President Chris Chadwick the two members are committed to developing a new aircraft, rather than offering an off the shelf solution, He said both companies have the “willingness to present an adaptable and affordable advanced pilot training solution”. “Boeing and Saab form the foundation for what will be the strongest, most cost-effective 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 U.S. Air Force and taxpayers.” he added.
“We are sure this is the best way to supply affordable first-class trainers to the U.S. Air Force,” said Saab President and CEO Håkan Buskhe. “We will invest in development of this completely new aircraft design over the coming years. This cooperation with Boeing is part of our strategic development and we confirm our long-term financial targets.”
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