Red Hawk progresses but challenges remain

The T-X programme, intended to replace the ageing fleet of T-38C Talon jet trainers in service with the US Air Force (USAF), was one of the most hotly contested US military procurement competitions in recent years, with a who’s who of aerospace defence companies all actively engaged

After several years of competition, in September 2018 the winning bid went to a joint Boeing-Saab offer of what would become the T-7A Red Hawk, the USAF awarding Boeing a US$9.2bn contract to supply 351 advanced trainer aircraft and 46 associated ground-based training simulators.

Boeing Saab
The Boeing-Saab T-7A Red Hawk was selected to be the US Air Force’s next jet training aircraft in 2018 after an extensive competition. Boeing

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