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T-X
 
Latest update: May 2017

Company: To be selected
 
Abbr.: Order and inventory status information: Abbr.: Order and inventory status information:
       
Order. No. of aircraft ordered. WFU No. of aircraft Withdrawn From Use.
Opt. No. of aircraft options. Sold No. of aircraft sold to another country.
Opp. No. of possible aircraft sales. Oth. D. No. of aircraft bought from another country.
Del. No. of aircraft delivered. LS↓ No. of aircraft leased from another country.
On Or. No. of aircraft to be delivered. LS ↑ No. of aircraft leased to another country.
W/O No. of aircraft Written Off (crashed). Act. No. of aircraft operational.
       
Lease: When the no. of aircraft LS↓ and LS ↑ are equal the leased aircraft have been returned to the owner.
 
T-X program
 
Comment(s):

The USAF issued its final Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Advanced Pilot Training (T-X) program to replace it T-38C Talon on December 30th, 2016. It's anticipated to sign the contract by the end of 2017. 355 aircraft are planned to be purchased including five test and development aircraft.
The RFP has been issued for $ 16.3 billion covering Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD), Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP), Full Rate Production (LRP) and sustainment transition support. Delivery will take place through LRIPs 1 - 2 and LRPs 3 - 11.

Four consortiums were to submit their proposals for the T-X aircraft (see table below). Of these aircraft two were based on existing airframes (Lockheed Martin / KAI T-50A and Leonardo / Raytheon T-100 which was based on the M-346). The other two aircraft were referred to as 'clean sheets' and to be produced by Boeing / Saab, Northrop Grumman / BAe Systems.

Contender Model Registration: First flight Remark
         
Boeing / Saab Boeing T-X N381TX 20-12-16  
    N382TX 24-04-17  
         
Lockheed Martin / KAI T-50A Unknown 02-06-16  
    Unknown    
         
Northrop Grumman / BAe Systems Model 400 N400NT 24-08-16 Will not enter T-X competition
         
Raytheon / Leonardo T-100     Withdrawn from T-X competition
         
DRS /  Leonardo T-100      
         

Boeing / Saab:

The 'clean sheet' aircraft made its first flight on December 20,2016.

Raytheon / Leonardo:

Announced on January 25, 2017 that Raytheon withdrew from the competition stating both compenies were unable to reach a business agreement in the best interest for the USAF. Its T-100 was planned to be build in Meridian, Mississippi.

DRS / Leonardo:

Leonardo decided to enter the T-X competition through its US subsidiary DRS after the Raytheon / Leonardo partnership decided to withdraw.

Lockheed Martin / KAI:

Both first flights were made in Sacheon, South Korea. The aircraft are shipped to Greenville, South Carolina which will also be home to the final assembly and check out (FACO) facility. First flight was made on June 2, 2016 with the second aircraft following on July 26, 2016.

Northrop Grumman / BAe Systems:

Teamed with BAe Systems and selected the Hawk AJT (Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer) but this choice didn't meet the criteria set by the USAF. Instead a 'clean sheet' aircraft was designed and build by Northrops subsidiary Scaled Composites at Mojave, California.

The company announced in a press release on February 1, 2017 not to enter the T-X competition after both companies reviewed the final RFP issued on December 30, 2016 stating submitting a proposal would not be in the best interest of the companies and their shareholders.
 
Order and production overview
 
Country Order. Opt. Opp. Del. On Or. W/O WFU Sold Oth.D. LS↓ LS ↑ Act.
United States     355   0             0
Total     355   0             0
 
Comment(s):

First contract expected to be awarded by the end of 2017.
 
LRIP and FRP batches
 
Country LRIP 1 LRIP 2 FRP 3 FRP 4 FRP 5 Total
United States 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0

Country FRP 6 FRP 7 FRP 8 FRP 9 FRP 10 Total
United States 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0

Country FRP 11 Total
United States 0 0
Total 0 0

The T-X has not been included in the US DoD FY 17 budget documentation. Five EMD aircraft will be build with the other 350 aircraft divided over the above listed LRIP and FRP batches.
 
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