Boeing and Saab launch two new T-X training aircraft for USAF

13 September 2016 (Last Updated September 13th, 2016 18:30)

Boeing, along with its partner Saab has presented its first two T-X aircraft for the US Air Force (USAF), which has been developed for use in training missions.

Boeing, along with its partner Saab has presented its first two T-X aircraft for the US Air Force (USAF), which has been developed for use in training missions.

Designed especially for the USAF, the training aircraft features the latest technologies, tools and manufacturing techniques.

Powered by a single engine, T-X will replace the USAF’s ageing fleet of T-38 Talon aircraft.

Boeing Defense, Space & Security president and CEO Leanne Caret said: "Our T-X is real, ready and the right choice for training pilots for generations to come.”

The Boeing T-X aircraft features twin tails, stadium seating and an advanced cockpit with embedded training.

The system also offers advanced ground-based training and a maintenance-friendly design for long-term supportability, Boeing said in a statement.

Saab president and CEO Håkan Buskhe said: "It’s an honour to build the future of Air Force training.

"We have created the best solution thanks to great cooperation and a clear strategy since day one."

"The aircraft is expected to achieve initial operational capability in 2024."

The aircraft is expected to achieve initial operational capability in 2024.

Through the T-X programme, the USAF will be able to acquire new two-seat jet trainer for fast-jet training to replace the Northrop T-38 Talon, which is in service for more than 43.5 years.

More than 350 aircraft are expected to be ordered to replace the T-38, with plans to increase the overall purchase to more than 1,000.


Image: The T-X aircraft. Photo: courtesy of Boeing.