|National origin||United States/Sweden|
|Manufacturer||Boeing / Saab Group|
|First flight||20 December 2016|
The Boeing/Saab T-X is an American/Swedish advanced pilot training aircraft developed by Boeing Defense, Space & Security in partnership with Saab Group. 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 Boeing T-X is a single-engine advanced jet-trainer with a twin tail, tandem seating, and a retractable tricycle landing gear. The aircraft is powered by a General Electric F404 afterburning turbofan engine. The twin-tails provide better stability and control. The aircraft is capable of in-flight refueling using the boom and receptacle.
The Boeing T-X with related ground-based training and support is being developed and offered by Boeing with its Swedish aerospace group partner, Saab for the U.S. Air Force T-X program to replace the Northrop T-38 Talon for pilot training. Boeing and Saab signed a partnership agreement for the USAF T-X competition on 6 December 2013.
On 27 September 2018, it was officially announced that the Boeing T-X will become the U.S. Air Force's new advanced jet trainer, replacing the T-38 Talon. A total of 351 aircraft and 46 simulators are to be supplied at a program cost of US$9.2 billion.
- Crew: 2
- Length: 46.42 ft (14.15 m)
- Wingspan: 32.81 ft (10.00 m)
- Height: 13.12 ft (4.00 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 (993 nmi; 1,839 km)
- Service ceiling: 50,000 ft (15,000 m)
- Rate of climb: 33,500 ft/min (170 m/s)
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