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Boeing, Saab display new trainer aircraft

Boeing and partner Saab spotlight a new trainer plane being offered to the U.S. Air Force.

By Richard Tomkins
Boeing, Saab display new trainer aircraft
The T-X trainer aircraft designed by Boeing and Saab to meet U.S. Air Force training requirements. Photo courtesy Boeing.

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Boeing and its partner Saab have displayed a new production trainer aircraft to be offered to the U.S. Air Force.

The aircraft put on display Tuesday is the T-X, designed specifically for the U.S. Air Force training mission.

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Boeing said the aircraft takes advantage of the latest technologies, tools and manufacturing techniques.

"Our T-X is real, ready and the right choice for training pilots for generations to come," said Leanne Caret, Boeing Defense, Space & Security president and chief executive officer.

The Boeing T-X aircraft is a twin-tailed, single-engine jet with an advanced cockpit with embedded training.

"It's an honor to build the future of Air Force training," said Saab President and CEO Hakan Buskhe. "We have created the best solution thanks to great cooperation and a clear strategy since day one."

The U.S. Air Force plans to replace its fleet of aging T-38 aircraft. The Boeing-Saab partnership is one of several competitors for the contract.

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