Raytheon is planning to assemble the T-100 integrated air training system in Meridian, Mississippi, if the US Air Force (USAF) selects the aircraft for its advanced pilot training programme.

The company would set up a final assembly and check-out facility in Meridian to manufacture air force jet trainer.

Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems president Rick Yuse said: "Our process determined that the best location for building the T-100 is Meridian, Mississippi.

"It provides the right blend of infrastructure, proximity to our customers, government support and a talent base that's ready for the high tech jobs critical to our success."

Based on Alenia Aermacchi M-346, the T-100 trainer aircraft is designed to meet the USAF's mission requirements.

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The aircraft features ground-based simulators with computerised classroom training to prepare the next generation of pilots.

It includes advanced cockpit and avionics emulators, aircrew and logistics training, system management and integrated logistics support.

"The aircraft features ground-based simulators with computerised classroom training to prepare the next generation of pilots."

The twin engine aircraft is being offered to the USAF under Raytheon's collaboration with Leonardo-Finmeccanica, CAE USA and Honeywell Aerospace.

It also features a modern heads-up display, a customisable large-area display and a fully integrated helmet mounted-display designed to prepare pilots for the advanced avionics they use in frontline tactical aircraft.

Additionally, the T-100 offers embedded tactical training simulation with live virtual blended, constructive capability, hands-on throttle and stick controls, tactical data links and ground proximity warning system.

Image: A pair of T-100 jet trainers taking off. Photo: courtesy of Raytheon Company.