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Messaggio da richelieu » 18 febbraio 2019, 0:26

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Saab è alla ricerca ...
Saab will pick the location of a US facility to host its production activities in support of the Boeing-led T-X jet trainer programme by mid-year, according to the Swedish company's chief executive.
"In the first half of this year we will decide on where we will allocate our production in the USA," Buskhe said during an annual results presentation on 15 February.
L' articolo prosegue qui: flightglobal.com ... "Saab nears decision on US facility for T-X work" ...
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Boeing punta al Medio Oriente ... e lascia trapelare l' ipotesi di nuove versioni ...
Boeing and Saab’s T-X trainer jet, fresh off of winning the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation trainer competition, could be bought by nations in the Middle East for a variety of different missions, according to a Boeing executive at the International Defense Exhibition in the United Arab Emirates.
“We are seeing quite a bit of interest in the T-X,” said Mark Ballew, director of sales and marketing for International Government Services at Boeing Global Services.
“We are getting quite a few inquiries about T-X and when would it be available.”
Ballew declined to comment about which countries were interested in the aircraft--or what type of missions those countries were looking at.
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And while it’s widely assumed that foreign militaries, particularly those that operate the F-35, could potentially buy the T-X, its been assumed that it would likely be in the trainer role.
But in Boeing’s media briefing at IDEX, Ballew indicated that the company sees a much wider market for the jet, in things like aggressor training and even as a lightweight fighter.
L' articolo prosegue qui: defensenews.com ... "Boeing’s T-X could be coming to the Middle East - and not just as a trainer jet" ...
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Boeing ... la spinta australe ...
Boeing is promoting its T-X advanced trainer and its associated training system at the Avalon Airshow in Australia, positioning itself for a possible opportunity there.
Speaking to reporters at the show, Boeing’s vice president of international sales for strike, surveillance and mobility, Thom Breckenridge, emphasized the holistic training system that includes ground-based training and support offered by the company, with its T-X aircraft being a part of the whole system.
These included leveraging on improvements in technology such as the visual acuity of simulators, with Breckenridge noting that training will be more effective with the pilot “optimizing the time spent in a ground-based trainer versus in a jet later on.”
L'articolo continua qui: defensenews.com ... "Boeing pushes T-X trainer, complementary simulators at Australian air show" ...
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Boeing ... la spinta australe ... anche su FlightGlobal ...

... https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... ia-456100/ ...

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Le piroette dell' AIR FORCE ...
After years of insisting the T-X competition was only meant to yield an advanced T-38 trainer replacement - and very explicitly not a future Aggressor or in other roles also filled by the T-38 - the Air Force is now considering it for precisely those and other missions.
The announcement comes just a few months after the T-X competition was won by the team of Boeing and Saab of Sweden.
“We worked hard on making requirements for the T-X that were focused on the training mission,” Air Combat Command chief Gen. Mike Holmes told reporters at AFA’s Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Fla. “We guarded that requirement because we wanted to hold the cost down and make it affordable and we wanted to stick with just that requirement.”
Now that the requirement has been set, Holmes said his staff is looking at applying the T-X to other missions, such as “downloading” some training now done in fighters to the T-X, which has lower operating cost and performs better than the T-38 in some regimes.

L' articolo prosegue qui: airforcemag.com ... " Strictly TrainerT-X Now a Candidate for Lead-in Fighter, Aggressor, Light Strike " ...

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Una rivincita per il T-100 ?
The Light Attack program is clearly undergoing a phase of reassessment and anything can happen.
We expect that aircraft such as the M-346 (or T-100) can once again be evaluated.
The M-346 was one of the competitors of the Boeing aircraft in the T-X program and is certainly the most appropriate jet to meet the additional needs of the USAF.
The new combat variant M-346FA is currently in an advanced development stage and includes all the features that a light attack aircraft should have.
L' articolo ... blogbeforeflight.net ... https://www.blogbeforeflight.net/2019/0 ... iment.html ...
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T-X per tutti ?
The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are monitoring the development of the Air Force’s T-X training jet, but it may be years before they can launch their own competitions to replace the T-45, officials said Monday.
“We’re watching the T-X. Obviously the Air Force is going through that process,” Lt. Gen. Steven Rudder, the Marine Corps’ deputy commandant for aviation, said during a panel at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space conference.
“At some point, we’re going to have to replace the T-45. We’re going to have to replace the F-5,” he said, referring to the T-45 Goshawk (used by the Navy and Marine Corps to train fighter pilots) and the F-5 (used to simulate adversaries during exercises).
.. defensenews.com .. "The Air Force’s new trainer jet is attracting the Navy’s and Marine Corps’ interests" ..
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Intanto ... Saab ha scelto la località nella quale impianterà lo stabilimento destinato alla produzione delle parti di sua competenza ...
Saab will open a new manufacturing site in Indiana to support its contribution to the T-X advanced jet trainer, which it jointly developed with prime contractor Boeing, and other advanced projects.
The facility will be located in West Lafayette, at the Discovery Park District, which is affiliated with Purdue University.
From 2020, when construction will start, Saab says it has earmarked $37 million for the development.
Ultimately the new facility will create up to 300 jobs.
Initially, the site will focus on aeronautical engineering and making structures and Saab parts for the T-X, on order for the US Air Force (USAF).
In addition, Saab has a partnership with the university, to perform research and development work on sensors, artificial intelligence and autonomous systems.
... flightglobal.com ... "Saab to set up Indiana factory for T-X work" ...
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Grandi speranze ...
Boeing parla con la stampa ...

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Boeing sees a potential market for up to 2,600 of the T-X advanced trainers in variants ranging from trainer to light strike and light fighter, said William Torgerson, senior director of T-X program integration at the company.
That includes the “up to 475” jets the Air Force asked for in the T-X competition, which focused only on the trainer mission and not variants for other USAF missions now or previously performed by the 60-year-old T-38, which the T-X will replace, Torgerson said.
Those missions have also included Aggressors and companion trainers.
Torgerson spoke at a factory tour for the media at Boeing’s St. Louis, Mo., facilities, where the T-X will be produced.
His briefing was the first for the media since Boeing won the T-X contest.
Boeing furnished travel and accommodations to press covering the event.
... airforcemag.com ... "Boeing Sees Market for 2,600 T-X, Derivative Aircraft" ...

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Boeing spiega (ma solo in parte) i segreti del T-X ...
Inside Boeing’s Secret Formula to Win T-X ...
Steve Trimble - Aerospace Daily & Defense Report (AW&ST) - May 15, 2019

Ever since Boeing’s winning bid for the T-X trainer contract came in last September at least $10 billion less than the U.S. Air Force’s original estimate, blowing away two established competitors with a clean-sheet aircraft design, the question has persisted: Did the Boeing and Saab team “buy in” to the program by submitting a money-losing price to secure a franchise defense contract?
The answer carries strategic implications for the company.
If yes, then Boeing can expect to lose money up front as it delivers at least 351 T-X trainers through the next decade and hope to recoup the losses over the long-term with revenue from sustainment, modernization and potential derivatives.
If no, then Boeing has created a disruptively affordable template for new product development that can be applied widely across the company, just as new opportunities arise to develop a new mid-market airplane for the civil market, and a new class of high-speed rotorcraft and fixed-wing combat aircraft in the military sector.
Not surprisingly, Boeing insists the answer is the latter, and, for the first time, provided details of the secret formula that helped the company shock the market and impress the Air Force with its winning proposal for the T-X program.
The origins of Boeing’s T-X strategy started with recognizing the scale of the challenge.
When Boeing officials partnered with Saab to design a clean-sheet aircraft for the T-X program in 2013, they knew they were competing with two proven mature aircraft designs - Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI)/Lockheed Martin’s T-50 and Leonardo’s T-100, a derivative of the M346.
Both had emerged over the last two decades as the clear leaders in the market for advanced jet trainers.
“We were competing against proven, in production aircraft, so we had to do things differently if we were going to compete and have an aircraft that was viable for that campaign,” said Paul Niewald, Boeing’s T-X chief engineer, who briefed reporters during a media tour of the company’s factory complex in St. Louis on May 15.
The team decided to adopt an extreme approach to model-based engineering.
It’s a discipline of product design that calls for constructing an elaborate, three-dimensional digital model of the entire aircraft.
The model allows engineers to analyze aerodynamic flows and loads, create a manufacturing plan and distribute the design seamlessly throughout the supply chain.
Although the concept of model-based engineering is not unique to Boeing in the aerospace industry, Niewald believes that Boeing took it further than the competition.
“Yes, 3D design has been out there. But to be able to put it all together through the process, all the way through production, this gave us the opportunity to prove it out and show that it does have time-savings,” he said.
Another factor was adopting an agile approach to software development. Instead of building up large blocks of software over several months or even years, the functions are broken down into smaller increments that are integrated at the system level every two months.
“This had us basically releasing software every eight weeks,” Niewald said.
“By doing this in such a disciplined manner at a frequency it allowed us to reduce our software [lines of code] by 50% [compared to a traditional aircraft development program].”
The approach allowed Boeing to build and fly two aircraft within three years of the program launch in 2013.
When this journalist referred to the two T-X aircraft built so far as “prototypes” and implying they don’t represent the production standard, a Boeing spokesperson stepped in to point out that they are not considered prototypes internally.
Instead, the aircraft are close to the baseline design of the aircraft ordered during the engineering, manufacturing and development (EMD) phase to support ground and flight testing, said Ted Torgerson, Boeing’s T-X program manager.
“Obviously we didn’t have the final specification when we designed the first two, but we got really close,” Torgerson said.
“There are some things that needed to be modified. But that’s what EMD is about. It’s that delta work to get the next EMD aircraft done. But I will tell you that the mold line doesn’t change in the airplane. That’s why we call it ‘EMD-ready.’”
The model-based engineering approach saved time in more ways, Niewald added.
Informed by the digitally accurate design, suppliers delivered parts fit precisely the first time, he said.
The first two aircraft were assembled without shims on minimal tooling with a re-work rate of 0.3%, he said.
Overall, the assembly process took 80% fewer hours than an estimate of how long it would take to build the aircraft under traditional processes, he added.
If yes, then Boeing can expect to lose money up front as it delivers at least 351 T-X trainers through the next decade and hope to recoup the losses over the long-term with revenue from sustainment, modernization and potential derivatives.
If no, then Boeing has created a disruptively affordable template for new product development that can be applied widely across the company, just as new opportunities arise to develop a new mid-market airplane for the civil market, and a new class of high-speed rotorcraft and fixed-wing combat aircraft in the military sector.
Not surprisingly, Boeing insists the answer is the latter, and, for the first time, provided details of the secret formula that helped the company shock the market and impress the Air Force with its winning proposal for the T-X program.
The origins of Boeing’s T-X strategy started with recognizing the scale of the challenge.
When Boeing officials partnered with Saab to design a clean-sheet aircraft for the T-X program in 2013, they knew they were competing with two proven mature aircraft designs - Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI)/Lockheed Martin’s T-50 and Leonardo’s T-100, a derivative of the M346.
Both had emerged over the last two decades as the clear leaders in the market for advanced jet trainers.
“We were competing against proven, in production aircraft, so we had to do things differently if we were going to compete and have an aircraft that was viable for that campaign,” said Paul Niewald, Boeing’s T-X chief engineer, who briefed reporters during a media tour of the company’s factory complex in St. Louis on May 15.
The team decided to adopt an extreme approach to model-based engineering.
It’s a discipline of product design that calls for constructing an elaborate, three-dimensional digital model of the entire aircraft.
The model allows engineers to analyze aerodynamic flows and loads, create a manufacturing plan and distribute the design seamlessly throughout the supply chain.
Although the concept of model-based engineering is not unique to Boeing in the aerospace industry, Niewald believes that Boeing took it further than the competition.
“Yes, 3D design has been out there. But to be able to put it all together through the process, all the way through production, this gave us the opportunity to prove it out and show that it does have time-savings,” he said.
Another factor was adopting an agile approach to software development. Instead of building up large blocks of software over several months or even years, the functions are broken down into smaller increments that are integrated at the system level every two months.
“This had us basically releasing software every eight weeks,” Niewald said.
“By doing this in such a disciplined manner at a frequency it allowed us to reduce our software [lines of code] by 50% [compared to a traditional aircraft development program].”
The approach allowed Boeing to build and fly two aircraft within three years of the program launch in 2013.
When this journalist referred to the two T-X aircraft built so far as “prototypes” and implying they don’t represent the production standard, a Boeing spokesperson stepped in to point out that they are not considered prototypes internally.
Instead, the aircraft are close to the baseline design of the aircraft ordered during the engineering, manufacturing and development (EMD) phase to support ground and flight testing, said Ted Torgerson, Boeing’s T-X program manager.
“Obviously we didn’t have the final specification when we designed the first two, but we got really close,” Torgerson said.
“There are some things that needed to be modified. But that’s what EMD is about. It’s that delta work to get the next EMD aircraft done. But I will tell you that the mold line doesn’t change in the airplane. That’s why we call it ‘EMD-ready.’”
The model-based engineering approach saved time in more ways, Niewald added.
Informed by the digitally accurate design, suppliers delivered parts fit precisely the first time, he said.
The first two aircraft were assembled without shims on minimal tooling with a re-work rate of 0.3%, he said.
Overall, the assembly process took 80% fewer hours than an estimate of how long it would take to build the aircraft under traditional processes, he added.
Ma ... cosa sta aspettando l' USAF per assegnargli una designazione ufficiale definitiva ?

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Grandi speranze ...
... ora tocca a Saab ... che parla di "enorme interesse" ...
The T-X production facility that Swedish defense group Saab is building in West Lafayette, Indiana, “will become one of our major sites,” Håkan Buskhe, the group’s CEO told a media briefing here this week.
The trainer aircraft program “opens new opportunities,” he said, predicting considerable global sales.
Buskhe believes the trainer, being built by Boeing with Saab producing and assembling the rear of the fuselage, “is something we will sell around the world. There is huge interest.”
For the moment, the $813 million engineering manufacturing and development contract signed in 2018 by the U.S. Air Force with Boeing is for five aircraft.
There is a requirement for a further 346 aircraft which will be the subject of a yet-to-be-signed production contract.
Boeing believes that 2,600 aircraft could be sold worldwide.
... defensenews.com ... "Saab CEO sees ‘huge interest’ in T-X trainer aircraft following US Air Force deal" ...
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Boeing presenta a Le Bourget il mock-up del T-X (ma cosa sta aspettando l' USAF per assegnargli una sigla ufficiale?) e si aspetta di riuscire a piazzare sul mercato globale parecchie migliaia di esemplari ...
Boeing is promoting its T-X advanced jet trainer system with a full-size mock-up in a pavilion near the static park, highlighting its big ambitions for the single-engined type.
Boeing executives have said that the potential market for the T-X, which last year won the pivotal competition to replace the USAF’s iconic Northrop T-38 Trainer, is global.
Boeing vice-president Thom Breckenridge reiterated the view held by Boeing and programme partner Saab that the T-X could sell up to 2,600 units over its lifetime.
This includes 1,000 examples for the US military, with the balance expected from foreign air forces.
... flightglobal.com ... "PARIS: Boeing sticks with big number for future T-X sales" ...
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Boeing/Saab hanno scelto Safran ...
Boeing’s T-X jet trainer is to use an auxiliary power system supplied by Safran Electrical & Power (*), under the terms of an agreement signed at the Paris air show with the US company's development partner, Saab.
Extending a relationship in place between Saab and the Safran group company since 2011 on the Swedish airframer's Gripen fighter programme, the new agreement covers the future production of equipment at the supplier's Pitstone facility in Buckinghamshire, the UK.
... flightglobal.com ... "Boeing's T-X to get Safran auxiliary power system" ...

(*) ... "Saab chooses Safran's Auxiliary Power System for use in Boeing T-X" ...
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Che la cordata Boeing/Saab abbia vinto la competizione T-X è cosa da tempo arcinota ...

Ora John A. Tirpak, direttore della redazione dell' AIR FORCE MAGAZINE, ci spiega come ...

... "How Boeing Won the T-X" ...

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100 flights and counting ! ...

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Intanto ...

... theaviationist.com ... "Boeing T-X begins official Engineering and Manufacturing Development flight tests" ...
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Uno studio della MITRE Corporation suggerisce che l'USAF acquisti un forte numero di esemplari di una versione 'caccia leggero' dell'addestratore T-X ...
A new study for the US Air Force says the key to expanding its fleet of fighter aircraft could lay in developing the new Boeing/Saab T-X trainer as a low-cost, lightweight, fighter.
The study is one of two reports by the MITRE Corporation in answer to a Congress directive for an independent analysis of the USAF’s aim to increase in size in order to meet the demands of the National Defense Strategy.
The corporation’s senior principal systems engineer David Gerber says that less-demanding missions such as homeland defense should not soak up precious hours for advanced fourth and fifth-generation fighters, saying that this kind of role could easily be assumed by a developed variant of the T-X.
... combataircraft.keypublishing.com ... "Report says Boeing/Saab T-X trainer would make an ideal light fighter" ...

Anche qui ... airforcemag.com ... "MITRE: Air Force Needs New Aircraft, Basing Ideas to Win in Pacific" ...

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Messaggio da richelieu » 16 settembre 2019, 21:41

Alla buonòra !!!
Ne hanno impiegato del tempo per dargli un nome ...

Immagine
The Air Force unveiled the name of the T-X trainer, designating the aircraft the T-7A Red Hawk as a tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first African American aviators, who helped the US fight and defeat Germany in World War II.
Acting Air Force Secretary Matt Donovan unveiled the name with several surviving Tuskegee Airmen in attendance, at AFA’s 2019 Air, Space & Cyber Conference on Sept. 16.
Fonte ... airforcemag.com ... http://www.airforcemag.com/Features/Pag ... irmen.aspx ...

Anche qui ... defensenews.com ... https://www.defensenews.com/digital-sho ... ining-jet/

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Da parte dell' USAF ...

... af.mil/News ... https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display ... -red-hawk/ ...

E da parte di Boeing ...

... boeing.com ... https://www.boeing.com/features/2019/09 ... 09-19.page ...

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E pensare che ... poco più di un paio di anni fa ...

... flightglobal.com ... https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... ly-435724/ ...

... leonardodrs.com ... https://www.leonardodrs.com/news-and-ev ... -aircraft/ ...

Inutile dire che la cosa assume ora, per noi, un aspetto beffardo ...

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Anche qui ... saabgroup.com ... https://saabgroup.com/media/news-press/ ... programme/ ...


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Un commento dal 'Daily Report' dell' AFA ...

... "Saab Starts Building T-7A Tail Sections" ...

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Boeing punta ai mercati asiatici ...
Boeing is pitching its T-7A Red Hawk to Asian militaries for the first time at the Singapore air show, as it seeks a first export deal for the advanced jet trainer.
The airframer is on contract to build as many as 351 examples for the US Air Force (USAF), with the first aircraft scheduled for delivery in in 2023.
Boeing plans to produce as many as 48 aircraft per year for the service, but says it has the capacity to expand its annual production to support export sales.
In September 2018, the USAF selected Boeing for its $9 billion T-X contract to replace its 59-year-old Northrop T-38C Talons.
Boeing believes there is a global market for 2,600 T-7As, both as trainers and light-attack or aggressor aircraft.

... flightglobal.com ... https://www.flightglobal.com/singapore- ... 97.article ...

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Anche AINonline tratta l'argomento ...
Now in development by Boeing and partner Saab for the U.S. Air Force, the T-7A Red Hawk has a bright future in the export market, said Thom Breckenridge, a Boeing Defense, Space, and Security marketing specialist, who foresees a global market for up to 2,600 of the advanced jet trainer.
The Asia-Pacific region shows particular promise as a number of countries are either introducing or preparing to introduce fifth-generation fighters.
In addition to training, the aircraft has the potential to be employed for other tasks, such as air-to-air adversary training and light attack.
Breckenridge noted that the T-7A is a “perfect complement” to new-generation fighters, including the Lockheed Martin F-35 that has been bought by Australia, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore. Boeing and Saab are sharing the global marketing effort.

... "Boeing Sees APAC Potential for the T-7A Red Hawk" ...
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L'ideona di Mike Holmes e le manovre occulte (ma non troppo) per tener fuori il '346' ... :x: :eeeeek: :shockingzap:
RFX Contract Revives USAF Hopes For Losing T-X Aircraft ...

AW&ST ... Steve Trimble - March 18, 2020

Two advanced jet trainers - Korea Aerospace Industries/Lockheed Martin’s T-50 and Leonardo’s M-346 - dueled for decades for a chance to replace the U.S. Air Force’s T-38 fleet, only to lose to the Boeing/Saab team’s upstart and recently branded T-7A.
The T-X competition ended 18 months ago, but a quietly heated competition between the T-50 and the M-346 to land a new Air Force contract called the “RFX” continues.
To be sure, the Boeing/Saab team’s grip on the $9.2 billion T-X contract remains safe.
The Air Force is still counting on Boeing to deliver potentially 351 T-7As, with the first aircraft and simulator scheduled to be delivered to Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, in 2023.
Before the T-7A can arrive, however, head of Air Combat Command (ACC) Gen. Mike Holmes has defined a requirement for the RFX.
It would consist of access to 4-8 advanced jet trainers, each rented annually for about 4,500 flight hours over a five-year period.
In an ironic twist, as a result of the RFX, one of the two losing aircraft for the T-X contract could play a pivotal role in transforming how the Air Force uses and bases the future T-7A fleet.
Holmes says the T-7A’s modern capabilities offer a generational chance not just to replace the 60-year-old Northrop T-38 fleet but also to revamp an 80-year-old pilot-training system that he says produces too few pilots and emphasizes the wrong skills.
Last year, Holmes unveiled an ACC-led plan to reshape the pipeline for fighter and bomber pilots.
His “Project Reforge” with the RFX, originally published on the War on the Rocks online publication, proposes to eliminate Formal Training Units and mix advanced jet trainers such as the T-7A with frontline fighters in operational squadrons.
But first Holmes wants to validate that his ideas work.
By renting flight time on advanced jet trainers available now, rather than waiting for T-7As after 2023, Holmes wants the ACC to be ready for a dramatic shift in training practices as the Boeing/Saab aircraft come into service.
Thus, Holmes’ timeline rules out using the T-7A for the validation phase.
Boeing has produced only two industry-funded prototypes, and both are needed to support the T-7A development program, which is scheduled to end at the initial operational capability milestone in 2024.
As a result, the ACC quietly opened discussions last May with two competing private companies that now represent the T-50 and M-346 to select a bidder for the RFX.
Hillwood Aviation, a Perot company, proposed T-50s to the ACC for the RFX contract.
Mission System Solutions (MSS), an aerospace engineering services firm, offered M-346s.
From the beginning, the Air Force’s requirements strongly favored the T-50.
The initial request for information (RFI) for the RFX released last May included a requirement for supersonic speed, which is a highly touted feature of the T-50 but eliminates the subsonic M-346.
The ACC released the first request for information about the RFX services contract in May 2019, but Arlington, Texas-based MSS was initially unaware of the proposal, says MSS CEO David Nichols.
MSS had played a key role in the Leonardo team’s bid for the M-346-derived T-100 bid for the T-X contract, providing aircraft engineering services during the lengthy source selection process.
Following Boeing’s loss in the competition, MSS moved to secure access to at least four “white-tail” M-346s produced by Leonardo without a customer.
In May 2019, MSS then proposed to offer those M-346s to the Air Education and Training Command (AETC) as a stopgap to cover a shortfall of T-38s until the T-7A became available, Nichols says.
It was during a presentation about the stopgap proposal to AETC that MSS first learned about the ACC’s RFI for the RFX, Nichols says.
After MSS proposed the M-346, the ACC’s requirements changed.
The ACC dropped the requirement for a supersonic aircraft, calling instead for an aircraft that can achieve a closing speed with another of the same type of aircraft at 1,100 kt.
Two M-346s can achieve a closing speed of 1,400 kt., Nichols says, so subsonic speed was no longer a disqualifying factor for the ACC.
But the ACC later added a new requirement: the RFX aircraft must be ready to carry a radar.
South Korea operates a version of the T-50 with the Israel Aerospace Industries EL/M-2022 radar, so that aircraft remains eligible for Project Reforge.
Leonardo is still in the process of qualifying its Grifo radar on the M-346, Nichols says.
But the radar integration for the M-346FA requires engineering changes that are not retrofittable to the white-tail aircraft available to MSS, Nichols says.
Based on the radar requirement, the ACC decided in January to disqualify all other aircraft except the T-50s offered by Hillwood Aviation, whose chairman is Michael Moseley, former head of the ACC and Air Force chief of staff.
“The T-50 provides the advanced displays, training systems and active radar needed for the RFX. The M-346 variant provides advanced displays and training systems needed for the RFX but does not have an active radar at this time, and the timeline for incorporating one was unknown. Therefore, only the T-50 meets the basic requirements for the RFX,” an ACC spokesperson explained to Aviation Week.
A representative for Hillwood Aviation declined to comment.
The ACC notified industry in January that it intends to award a sole-source contract to Hillwood Aviation’s T-50s for the RFX requirement.
The late addition of the radar requirement for the RFX surprised and baffled MSS, Nichols says.
“The radar was just an attempt to justify a sole-source award to the T-50 - that’s the way it appeared,” Nichols says.
“[It was] the fact that they never talked to us to say, ‘Do you guys have a radar?’”
Although the ACC says the radar integration schedule for the M-346 is “unknown,” Nichols says that MSS offered to provide Grifo-equipped M-346s for the RFX within 12 months of contract signing.
Nichols, an industry participant in the Air Force’s search for a T-38 replacement for a decade, suspects the original supersonic requirement for the RFX speaks to an internal desire within pockets of the ACC for a trainer with greater speed than the M-346 offers.
“You still have factions within the Air Force that are looking for a high-performance aircraft for a trainer aircraft, and the T-50 scratches that itch,” Nichols says.
The ACC notified industry of the decision to award a sole-source contract to Hillwood Aviation in January but has taken no further action since then.
In the interim, MSS has intensified its efforts to reverse the decision, enlisting congressional supporters to lobby the ACC and launching a media campaign focused on advertising the capabilities of the M-346 for the RFX requirement, Nichols says.
In order to win the award, MSS is seeking to pressure the ACC to drop the requirement for an active radar in the RFX fleet.
In Nichols’ view, the radar is unnecessary because the M-346’s embedded training system is designed to emulate all of the sensors, including radars, on the Air Force’s fleet of operational fighters.
MSS’ proposed M-346 aircraft comes equipped with Elbit’s embedded training system, which Boeing also selected for the T-7A, Nichols says.
MSS’ proposal is based on an agreement with a third-party financier, which will acquire the white-tails and provide them to MSS for the RFX, Nichols says.
He declined to identify the financier.
Once the five-year validation project is completed, MSS has an agreement with another operator to continue using the aircraft, Nichols says.
The aircraft can provide a broad range of services, including advanced pilot training and adversary air contract services, he says.
“We believe that there’s a market” for the M-346 white-tails, Nichols says.
“Whether it is doing pilot training, [adversary] air or supporting international air forces, we will find a way to keep our service going here in the States.”

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Messaggio da richelieu » 27 marzo 2020, 14:50

L'ha dunque spuntata il Koreano?
The Air Force is planning to lease between four and eight T-50A trainers made by Lockheed Martin and Korea Aerospace Industries to teach pilots fighter skills, ahead of beginning training in new Boeing T-7A Red Hawks, The Korea Herald reported (*).
The T-50A was the T-7A’s top competitor in the T-X contest won by Boeing in September 2018.
The first T-7As are expected to arrive in squadron strength in 2023.
According to the Herald, the jets will be sold to Hillwood Aviation, which will then lease the aircraft to the Air Force.

... airforcemag.com ... "Air Force to Lease T-50A Trainers Ahead of T-7As" ...

(*) ... "KAI to lease trainer jets to US despite losing contract to Boeing" ...
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Il sistema di addestramento a terra del T-7A ha superato la revisione critica di progettazione ...
The Ground-Based Training System that goes with the T-7A Red Hawk advanced jet trainer has passed its Critical Design Review, concluding 18 months of development work and paving the way for fabrication of simulators and other devices, Boeing announced April 3.
The Air Force reviewed the T-7A’s “ability to conduct live, virtual, and constructive training exercises, through dynamic motion-enabled trainer cockpits; high resolution projection systems; digital debrief stations and simulated avionics; as well as egress training that will better prepare pilots for escaping an aircraft during an emergency,” Boeing said.
The CDR took five days to complete.

... airforcemag.com ... "T-7A Ground Training System Passes Critical Design Review" ...

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