Boeing wins U.S. Air Force T-X pilot training program contract

Boeing wins U.S. Air Force T-X pilot training program contract

$9.2 billion award funds 351 jets, 46 simulators, and associated ground equipment.

October 1, 2018
Edited by Eric Brothers

The U.S. Air Force has selected the Boeing T-X advanced pilot training system which features an aircraft designed, developed, and flight-tested by the team of Boeing and Saab.

Boeing and its risk-sharing partner Saab proved the system’s design, repeatability in manufacturing, and training capability.

Boeing is now clear to 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.

“Today’s 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.”

“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 Force.”