Friday, January 15, 2016

Boeing to continue maintain USAF T-38 trainer fleet

Boeing has again won to maintain and support U.S. Air Force T-38 Talon trainer fleet  for another 10 years, through a new contract worth up to $855 million.

The company will work on avionics, cockpit displays, control panels, and communications systems for 456 of the aircraft as well as upgrading 37 aircrew training devices through 2026.

Boeing has been maintaining the fleet for the last 16 years. Originally manufactured by Northrop, the T-38 is the primary training jet for the Air Force and NATO nations. It first flew in 1959.

The Air Force plans to replace the T-38 with the new T-X pilot training system. Boeing is teamed with Saab in competing for T-X. They will offer an all-new, purpose-built system that includes the aircraft and associated ground-based training and support systems.