Boeing selected for T-38C avionics support

By Ryan Maass   |   Jan. 5, 2016 at 10:48 AM
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force has selected Boeing to perform avionics component integration and logistics support for the T-38C Talon aircraft.

Under the contract, valued at $855 million, Boeing will integrate equipment needed to support the T-38C's navigation, communication, and additional mission management capabilities. Research and development funds in the amount of $750,000 were obligated at the time of the award.

The Northrop Grumman-built T-38 Talon is a twin-engine supersonic jet trainer used for a variety of roles in various air forces, including undergraduate pilot training.

The T-38C variant uses a "glass cockpit", which features integrated avionics displays and a "no drop bomb" scoring system. The planes are able to reach speeds of about 812 miles per hour.

Work on the contract will be performed in St. Louis, Mo., as well as Air Force and Navy bases in Texas, Maryland, Mississippi and Oklahoma. Work is expected to be completed by January 2026.

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