USAF T-X Win Could Be Just the Start for New Boeing/Saab Aircraft

By Ray Jaworowski, Senior Aerospace Analyst, and Carter Palmer, Power Systems SpecialistForecast International.

Boeing/Saab T-X Trainer. Source – Boeing

On September 27, Boeing and Saab emerged as the winning team in the U.S. Air Force’s T-X advanced jet trainer contest.  The Air Force chose the team’s all-new, clean-sheet aircraft to replace its fleet of some 444 Northrop T-38Cs.  The service awarded Boeing an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract, worth up to $9.2 billion, for the program.  The contract includes an initial delivery order, valued at $813.4 million, for five engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) aircraft and seven simulators. Continue reading

T-X: Next Big USAF Aircraft Contest

By Ray Jaworowski, Senior Aerospace Analyst, Forecast International.

US Air Force T-38 Talon Trainer

US Air Force T-38 Talon Trainer

Now that the U.S. Air Force has awarded the Long Range Strike-Bomber (LRS-B) contract to Northrop Grumman, and the inevitable protest of the award has been lodged, the service’s next big aircraft procurement program is the T-X.  The T-X effort involves acquisition of an advanced trainer to replace the Air Force’s fleet of some 447 Northrop T-38C trainers. Continue reading

Aero Vodochody Looks to Aerostructures Market for Growth Opportunities

Aero Vodochody L-159 Trainer

Aero Vodochody L-159 Trainer

by Richard Pettibone, Forecast International.

In the current aerospace environment, Aero Vodochody finds itself in a difficult position.  For many years, the company was centered on one product type, military trainers such as the L-159 and L-39. While it achieved some success in this market, the competition for the past few contracts was fierce and Aero was left behind.

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