Brian Kelly (@brpkelly)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – After months of speculation, Boeing this morning will roll out its proposal for a new Air Force training jet.

It’s Boeing’s entry in the T-X competition to replace the 55-year-old Northrup Grumman made T-38 Talon, which is used to train fighter pilots.

Check out Boeing’s T-X page

Boeing has worked with Saab on the design, which the companies say “takes advantage of the latest technologies, tools and manufacturing techniques and is designed to evolve as technologies, missions and training needs change.”

The Air Force plans to buy 350 of the two-seat jets. The Boeing/Saab design is one of four in the competition. The new jets are expected to reach full operational capability in 2034. There’s no word yet on what the project will mean for jobs in St. Louis.

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Comments (2)
  1. The DOD should ban Boeing from any new programs. Even Air Force/Navy/Marine recruits that will fly these things deserve some measure of safety. Boeing has long engaged in quality assurance fraud, which renders designed in safety margins unreliable at best. Plus, why buy a trainer from a company that has lost all new generation fighter contracts? The competition should be limited to the prime contractors of current generation fighters whose airplanes they will be used to train pilots for. Additionally, why is this program even needed? It is not needed. Train pilots on old Boeing garbage fighters that are beyond their prime and being replaced by the F-22 and F-35. In those planes, and in ground simulators, you can gain enough confidence in a pilot to risk the cost of an F-22 or F-35 on their new piloting skills. Every taxpayer should have a problem with this obviously unneeded program.

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