Boeing wins US Air Force combat training contract

Posted on 12 Oct 2018 and read 445 times
Boeing wins US Air Force combat training contractUS Air Force pilots will soon train for combat with T-X jets and simulators from Boeing, following a $9.2 billion contract for 351 jets, 46 simulators and associated ground equipment.

Leanne Caret, CEO (Boeing Defense, Space & Security), (www.boeing.com) said: “This announcement is the culmination of years of unwavering focus by the Boeing and Saab team.

It is a direct result of our joint investment in developing a system centred on the unique requirements of the US Air Force, and we expect T-X to be a franchise programme for much of this century.”

Boeing and its partner Saab designed, developed and flight-tested two all-new purpose-built jets to prove the system’s design, repeatability in manufacturing and training capability.

Håkan Buskhe, CEO of Saab, said: “This selection allows our two companies to deliver on a commitment we jointly made nearly five years ago.

“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 Force.”

Boeing can now begin placing orders with its suppliers, including Saab. More than 90% of Boeing’s ‘offering’ will be made in America, supporting more than 17,000 jobs in 34 states.

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