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The Air Force?s new trainer jet is attracting the Navy?s and Marine Corps? interests

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. ? 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.

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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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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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