Boeing T-7 Red Hawk
|T-7 Red Hawk|
|National origin||United States/Sweden|
|Manufacturer||Boeing / Saab Group|
|First flight||20 December 2016|
|Primary user||United States Air Force|
The Boeing/Saab T-7 Red Hawk, originally known as the Boeing T-X, is an American/Swedish advanced jet trainer developed by Boeing Defense, Space & Security in partnership with Saab. It was selected on 27 September 2018 by the United States Air Force as the winner of the Advanced Pilot Training System (T-X) program to replace the Northrop T-38 Talon.
Design and development
The USAF's Air Education and Training Command (AETC) began developing the requirements for a replacement for the Northrop T-38 Talon as early as 2003. Originally, the replacement trainer was expected to enter service around 2020. A fatigue failure in 2008 killed the two-person crew of a T-38C, and the Air Force advanced the target date of initial operational capability (IOC) to 2017. In the Fiscal 2013 budget proposal, the USAF suggested delaying the initial operating capability to FY2020 with the contract award not expected before FY2016. Shrinking budgets and higher priority modernization projects pushed the IOC of the T-X program winner to "fiscal year 2023 or 2024". Although the program was left out of the FY 2014 budget entirely, the service still viewed the trainer as a priority.
In cooperation with its Swedish aerospace group partner, Saab, Boeing's submission was to the competition was the Boeing T-X, a single-engine advanced jet trainer with a twin tail, tandem seating and retractable tricycle landing gear. The submitted aircraft and demonstration models were powered by a General Electric F404 afterburning turbofan engine.
On 27 September 2018, Boeing's design was officially announced as the U.S. Air Force's new advanced jet trainer, replacing the T-38 Talon. A total of 351 aircraft and 46 simulators, maintenance training and support are to be supplied at a program cost of US$9.2 billion.
- Two prototypes for evaluation.
- Production aircraft for the United States Air Force
- Crew: 2
- Length: 46 ft 5.0 in (14.15 m)
- Wingspan: 32 ft 9.7 in (10 m)
- Height: 13 ft 1.4 in (4.0 m)
- Powerplant: 1 × General Electric F404 afterburning turbofan, 11,000 lbf (49 kN) thrust dry, 17,700 lbf (79 kN) with afterburner
- Maximum speed: 808 mph (1,300 km/h, 702 kn)
- Range: 1,143 mi (1,839 km, 994 nmi)
- Service ceiling: 50,000 ft (15,240 m)
- Rate of climb: 33,500 ft/min (170 m/s)
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