31 Dec '16, 2pm

[email protected] Opens $16 Billion Trainer Aircraft Competition

.@usairforce Opens $16 Billion Trainer Aircraft Competition

The U.S. Air Force has opened a potentially $16 billion competition to develop a new T-X trainer jet. The service on Friday announced it has begun accepting bids for the contract, which is expected to be awarded in 2017. The Air Force wants to buy 350 aircraft to replace its current Northrop Grumman Corp.-made T-38 Talon trainers at a time when the service needs to replenish its fighter pilot ranks. “In terms of both providing realistic, holistic training and reducing flying hours on our fifth-generation platforms, T-X is a program we’ve got to get right,” Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said in the statement. Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, added, “Pilot training gaps widen and continue to do so every year as the service brings on more fifth-generation aircraft.” RELATED: What’s Ahead for the Air Force in 2017 With t...

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