Boeing has won a T-X Pilot training program
contract from the U.S. Air Force.
The US$9.2 billion contract will fund 351
jets, 46 simulators and associated ground equipment.
“This announcement is the culmination of
years of unwavering focus by the Boeing and Saab team,” said
Leanne Caret, president and CEO, Boeing Defense, Space & Security.
“It is a direct result of our joint investment in developing a
system centered 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 and its risk-sharing partner Saab designed, developed, and
flight tested two all-new, purpose-built jets ― proving out the
system’s design, repeatability in manufacturing and training
“This selection allows our two companies to deliver
on a commitment we jointly made nearly five years ago,” said Håkan
Buskhe, president and CEO of Saab. “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
Boeing is now clear to begin placing orders with its
suppliers, including Saab. More than 90 percent of Boeing’s
offering will be made in America, supporting more than 17,000 jobs
in 34 states.