Boeing has signed a joint development agreement (JDA) with Saab to develop and build a new, advanced, cost-efficient T-X Family of systems training solution for the upcoming competition to replace the US Air Force’s aging T-38 aircrew training system.

With Boeing as the prime contractor and Saab as primary partner, the JDA will cover areas such as design, development, production, support, sales and marketing.

The US Air Force T-X programme will comprise aircraft and training, which will prepare warfighters for the next 40 years.

"The US Air Force T-X programme will comprise aircraft and training, which will prepare warfighters for the next 40 years."

The air force intends to replace the T-38 with a new advanced pilot training family of systems and around 350 aircraft, along with associated ground-based training systems and logistics and sustainment support.

With other potential team members, the trainer solution from Boeing and Saab will be a completely new designed aircraft, built to meet the needs of the air force.

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Boeing military aircraft president Chris Chadwick said, "Teaming with Saab will bring together our companies’ formidable technical expertise, global presence, and willingness to present an adaptable and affordable advanced pilot training solution."

Saab president and CEO Håkan Buskhe said the company is proud to join with Boeing for the T-X competition, which is expected to create a highly capable team to deliver unprecedented value to the customer.

"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," Buskhe said.

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