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?Strictly Trainer? T-X Now a Candidate for Lead-in Fighter, Aggressor, Light Strike

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.

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Rebuilding the Forge: Reshaping How the Air Force Trains Fighter Aviators

The U.S. Air Force?s pilot training system has long been the envy of air forces around the world, but for the past several years it has failed to keep pace with increasing production requirements. Furthermore, the current training model is facing a widening gap between the capabilities of our primary training aircraft and the advanced fighter aircraft our pilots now employ.

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Boeing Wins $9.2B T-X Trainer Contract: Low Price, High Risk

WASHINGTON: Aerospace behemoth Boeing will build the new T-X jet trainer, the Air Force announced this afternoon, beating out the Lockheed/KAI T-50?and the Leonardo DRS/CAE T-100 after years of maneuvering and uncertainty that saw multiple companies drop out of the competition. The first planes will enter service at Randolph Air Force base in 2023, with full operational capability at 2024, ultimately training all jet fighter and bomber pilots at Air Education & Training Command bases around the country.

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