Brahmand NewsPrevious Article
Brahmand NewsNext Article
Headlines
  • ISRO realigns orbit of Mars mission spacecraft ''Mangalyaan'':-Indian Space Research Organisation has successfully realigned the orbit of its Mars Orbiter Mission 'Mangalyaan' so it is not affected by long-duration eclipse, ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar said....
  • LCA Tejas to take maiden R-Day flight:-After a gap of about two decades, an indigenously developed aircraft will take to the skies on Republic Day with LCA Tejas joining the fleet of 35 aircraft that will be part of an aerial display. ...
  • Clocks 'failed' onboard Europe's navigation satellites: ESA:-The European Space Agency announced on Wednesday there were "failed" clocks onboard some of the 18 navigation satellites it has launched for Galileo, Europe's beleaguered rival to America's GPS. ...
  • IAF chief Dhanoa reviews Indo-Oman air exercise in Jamnagar:-Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa and Commander of Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) Matar Ali Matar Al-Obaidani on Wednesday reviewed the progress of the fourth joint exercise between India and Oman. The exercise, called "Eastern Brigade IV", is the fourth in a series of air drills that started in 2009 between the two countries....

Boeing and SAAB-built aircraft for T-X programme makes maiden flight

Article
Line Spacing+- AFont Size+- Print This Article

First flight of Boeing-SAAB-built all-new T-X trainer aircraft. A Boeing photo

ST. LOUIS (BNS): An advanced jet trainer jointly built by Boeing and SAAB for the US Air Force's T-X programme has undergone its first flight test on December 20.

During the 55-minute flight, the single-engine aircraft "met all expectations", Boeing said.

The brand new aircraft, having twin tails, stadium seating and an advanced cockpit with embedded training system offers state-of-the-art ground-based training and a maintenance-friendly design for long-term supportability, was unveiled in September 2016.

The second prototype is currently in ground testing and expected to fly in early 2017, Boeing said.

The US Air Force is looking to acquire around 350 next-generation jet trainers under the T-X programme to replace the Northrop-built T-38s which are in service since 1959.

An RFP for the programme is likely to be issued shortly followed by final contract award in 2017-18. 

Initial operating capability for the new trainers is planned for 2024.

The other contenders in the T-X programme include Lockheed Martin-Korea Aerospace Industries-built T-50A trainer aircraft; Northrop Grumman-BAE Systems team offering a newly-designed aircraft; and Raytheon-Leonardo Finmeccanica team offering the T-100 jet which is an advanced variant of the Aermacchi M-346 aircraft.

Tags:

Boeing  SAAB  USAF  TX  Jet Trainer  
Line Spacing+- AFont Size+- Print Article

Other Related News

Indian Army's artillery wing displays firepower via 'Sarvatra Prahar'

A firepower exercise 'Sarvatra Prahar' by the Indian Army was conducted in the ranges of School of Artillery at Devlali in Nashik district of Maharashtra. An array of new generation rocket and missile systems like Pinaka, Smerch and a model of BRAHMOS missile were also displayed.

Upcoming Defence Exhibitions

BRAHMOS Missile Systems

Headlines

Brahmand World Defence Update 2016

Image Gallery