Having built and test-flown a ‘clean-sheet’ T-X aircraft, Northrop Grumman looked like a certain bidder for the competition… until February, when it dramatically dropped out of the running.

One of the only clear shots of the Northrop Grumman aircraft, performing its first taxi test at Mojave in August last year.
Reproduced from Twitter with permission

ONE CLANDESTINE SIGHTING of the Model 400 was as close as Northrop Grumman got to being in the T-X competition. The corporation had said nothing about its ‘clean-sheet’ aircraft until January 26, 2017, when, asked whether Northrop Grumman would bid on T-X, CEO Wes Bush said that no decision had been made either way, despite the substantial investment in a flying prototype. ‘We don’t want to walk ourselves into a decision to do something just because we’ve been doing it,’ Bush said.

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