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Mensaje por GREYHOUND el 8/6/2016, 8:17 pm

USAF to delay T-X trainer aircraft programme
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23 March 2016
The US Air Force (USAF) has revealed plans to delay the T-X trainer aircraft programme.

The USAF is set to further refine the request for proposals (RfP) for its T-X fighter trainer competition aimed at replacing the service's ageing T-38 Talon aircraft fleet.

A notice on the Federal Business Opportunities website read: "The programme office now anticipates an RfP release in late December 2016 to ensure the release of a well-defined RfP."

"The programme office now anticipates an RfP release in late December 2016 to ensure the release of a well-defined RfP."
The latest development will see the new aircraft reaching full operational capability from 2032 to 2034, two years later than the previously scheduled time frame.

The US Air Force T-X programme will comprise aircraft and training, which will prepare warfighters for the next 40 years.

The air force intends to replace the T-38 with a new advanced pilot training family of systems and around 350 aircraft, along with associated ground-based training systems and logistics and sustainment support.

The USAF seeks three key performance characteristics for the advanced pilot training mission, including sustained G, simulator visual acuity and performance, and aircraft sustainment, with focus on embedded training with synthetic sensors and data link.

The USAF requires the T-X system to serve in a 'red air' or adversary role, during live-fly exercises, and has already set aside $40m across the Future Year Defence Plan in Stores-Aircraft Interface funds in 2016 budget as a wedge to provide future planning or development options related to T-X.

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LOCKHEED MARTIN ESTARIA PARTICIPANDO CON EL KAI T-50 GOLDEN EAGLE



2/11/2016
Lockheed Chooses Proven Aircraft for T-X Jet Fighter Trainer Competition
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After considering a clean-sheet design for the T-X program to replace the Air Force's aging fleet of T-38 Talon jet trainers, Lockheed Martin has chosen to stick with a modernized version of an aircraft it developed with Korea Aerospace Industries, the company announced Feb. 11.

The company's entry for the T-X program is the T-50A, an upgrade to the T-50 platform. For the T-X competition, Lockheed is up against clean-sheet proposals from both Northrop Grumman and a Boeing-Saab team, in addition to the T-100 developed by Italy's Alenia Aermacchi and Textron AirLand's new design for the Scorpion, a commercially based aircraft designed for military use. The winner of the Air Force program will replace 350 T-38s with an average age of about 50 years.

Before deciding on the modernized T-50, the company conducted a study within its Skunk Works division that designs and develops new and advanced technologies. The group was tasked with putting together a clean-sheet proposal for the T-X program, in addition to examining the costs and schedule of taking an existing T-50 and upgrading it, said Rob Weiss, executive vice president and general manager for Lockheed Martin advanced development programs.

The study was recently completed and the company decided to cease work on a clean-sheet alternative after finishing 80 percent of the detailed design activities, he noted. The new aircraft "was very capable and it would do everything that the U.S. Air Force is looking for in the T-X aircraft, but when it came down to evaluating that clean-sheet design, we really came to four conclusions" that prompted Lockheed to avoid that route, Weiss said.

The company found that a clean-sheet proposal would be too costly, result in schedule delays, have too much associated risk and would not increase capability beyond what the T-50 could offer, he said.

A new design would have been eight times more costly than upgrading the T-50, he noted. Procuring a modernized T-50 would benefit the Air Force's current budget because the aircraft would need little funding for engineering and manufacturing development, he added. Most of the money allotted for the T-X trainer could be transitioned from EMD money to production money with the T-50 offering, he said. That would allow the service to begin buying airplanes earlier.

Additionally, in order to meet the Air Force's initial operating capability goal of 2024, a clean-sheet design would entail "a substantial and unacceptable amount of concurrency of the development program with the production program, which means you're having to buy airplanes well ahead of where you will be in the development of the program," he said.

Having the T-X trainer meet that IOC goal is imperative because there is a short window for the platform to be funded before the service hits a budget crunch in the mid-2020s, Weiss said. "Out in the mid-2020 timeframe, a lot of production dollars are going to need to be focused on the KC-46 tanker, the long-range strike bomber and the F-35. So there's a huge demand for production funding out in the mid-20s and the Air Force's idea here was to get the T-X program in now while the budget is available."

Not only does the company think it can meet the 2024 deadline, it believes it can push that timeline up four to five years, Weiss told National Defense following the announcement. "We could basically begin building and delivering airplanes if somebody wanted to make that decision sometime in the mid to late-2017 timeframe," he said. On that schedule, "probably somewhere in 2018 — 2019 latest — you would have" initial operating capability.

The modernized T-50 would reduce risk, according to Weiss, who said there are already 100 of the aircraft flying today, with more than 1,000 trained pilots and 100,000 flight hours.

The production line that the company is setting up is "warm," he added. "When we say warm, what we are really saying is that the whole supply chain is already active, supporting the T-50s in [South] Korea," he said. "If the U.S. Air Force was to say, 'We want to move forward on a T-50 solution,' we can begin producing airplanes immediately and move them soon there after out of Greenville." The company has selected Greenville, South Carolina, as the final assembly and check-out sight for the program.

To meet Air Force requirements the Lockheed team added new capabilities to the baseline T-50 in a block upgrade, Weiss said.

Mike Griswold, T-50 business development director for Lockheed Martin, listed those capabilities as inflight refueling, a fifth-generation cockpit, embedded training and an open systems architecture. The additions were tailored to Air Education and Training Command's requirements for the jet trainer replacement, he said.

To increase commonality between fifth-generation fighters and T-50A, many of the additions are similar to what would be seen on an F-16, F-22 or an F-35, the Lockheed executives said.

The inflight refueling receptacle is located in the same area as those aircraft "right behind the canopy on the dorsal area," Griswold said. "I think this is very important because that training that the student gets in the T-50A for refueling will transition 100 percent into fifth-generation training."

The cockpit is also similar with the same physical display size and near identical visuals as the F-35 joint strike fighter, he said.

The company described the embedded training suite as a "flying simulator." It allows the jet trainer to simulate "all the weapons and sensors of the fifth-generation aircraft — the radar, the electronic warfare, the data links, the missiles and bombs," Griswold said. An instructor can introduce different realistic training scenarios with increasing complexity as the student progresses through the program, he said. It enables the student to experience these different scenarios, while also reducing costs, he noted.

The last addition, the open architecture piece, enables the service to make changes to the mission systems suite without having to go back and consult with the original equipment manufacturer, Griswold said.

Weiss said, "The development is near complete today and within months we'll have that block upgrade into two of the T-50 aircraft." The two production aircraft, which will consist of the same configuration that the company would delivery to the Air Force, would be ready for a flight evaluation by the service sometime late summer or early fall. The aircraft will attain production-ready status by the end of 2016, he said.

The major structural components of the Lockheed trainer — the airframe, fuselage, tails and wings — will be assembled overseas in South Korea and then transferred to the facility in Greenville for final assembly, the executives said. Most of the missions systems will be made within the United States including the ground-based training system, which will be developed by Lockheed, and the engine, which is manufactured by General Electric.

Request for proposals for the T-X trainer competition are expected this September. Lockheed plans to have its proposal submitted by the end of December, Griswold said.

Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin

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Mensaje por GREYHOUND el 8/6/2016, 8:24 pm

SE ESPERA QUE NORTHROP-GRUMMAN TENGA VOLANDO SU PROTOTIPO A FINALES DE ESTE AÑO.


Northrop Will Fly T-X Prototype This Year
By Lara Seligman 2 p.m. EST January 19, 2016
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PALMDALE, Calif. – Northrop Grumman intends to fly a prototype of the company’s T-X concept early this year, in anticipation of an upcoming Air Force competition to replace the aging T-38 fleet used for advanced jet training.

Northrop is working with aerospace company Scaled Composites, which it acquired in 2007, on an internally funded T-X demonstrator aircraft, Tom Vice, president of the company’s aerospace sector, told reporters Jan. 14 during a media trip. Vice did not specify exactly when the prototype would fly, but said the event would take place in the first half of this year.

“We intend to fly the aircraft at a time which we believe aligns with the competition. So we will fly it when the competition dictates it,” Vice said. “Obviously we’re trying to hold on to the uniqueness of the design, but we will be flying that airplane probably in the first half of 2016.”

Vice's comments were made as part of a company-organized trip to Northrop's Southern California facilities this week. Defense News accepted travel and hotel accommodations from the company.

Northrop, along with partners BAE Systems and L-3, initially had planned to propose an updated version of the Hawk T2/128 for the T-X program. But in a major reversal, Northrop decided to migrate to a clean-sheet design, according to reports from February 2015.

To construct the prototype, Northrop turned to Scaled Composites, which is known for its innovative engineering and rapid cycle time. The company is currently working on 15 projects, a mixture of government and commercial models, company President Ben Diachun told reporters during a trip to Scaled’s facility in Mojave, California.

“We’ve averaged a first flight every year in our 34-year history, Diachun said, emphasizing the company’s history of rapid prototyping. “Each new project we take on, we look at what kind of opportunity is there to go demonstrate a new technology or a new aviation milestone.”

In addition to T-X, Scaled is working on a new Firebird spy plane, designed primarily for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. The twin-tail plane, designed for unmanned or manned flight, is rather odd-looking, with a pusher propeller at the rear of its fuselage.

Vice declined to give further details about the T-X demonstrator, but said the aircraft “is more than just a prototype.” The company’s T-X proposal bears a striking resemblance to the T-38 Talon, also built by Northrop, according to December press reports.

Northrop’s competition includes another clean-sheet design being put forth by a team made up of Boeing and Saab; Textron AirLand’s new Scorpion design; and the T-50 offering from Lockheed Martin and Korea Aerospace Industries.

Raytheon is also reportedly eyeing a T-X role, and has had conversations about joining the Alenia Aermacchi T-100 bid as prime contractor, Defense News reported in September.

General Dynamics had been part of that offering as the prime contractor until March, when it surprisingly dropped off the team.

The winner of the T-X competition will provide the Air Force with 350 new aircraft to replace the T-38s. The service believes a new trainer is needed not just because of the age of the fleet, but because it cannot provide ample training for pilots who will be flying the F-35 joint strike fighter in the future.

The Air Force remains on track to release a request for proposal in September 2016, a contract award in fall of 2017 and initial operating capability sometime in 2023.

Email: lseligman@defensenews.com

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Northrop Grumman Designing their T-X Prototype from Scratch


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Northrop Grumman has been building a new trainer plane in preparation for a possible bid for the replacement of the United States Air Force’s jet trainer planes. Northrop formerly was in partnership with BAE Systems to push a plane based on the Hawk. However, due to the clearer definitions and a better understanding of the requirements, they have decided to develop a plane from scratch. They would be using Scaled Composites, a wholly owned subsidiary, to create the prototype for the plane, currently designated as the T-X.

Northrop bought Scaled Composites in 2007. In 2004, the company made the first manned private space flight. They have proven expertise in doing things quickly, and in understanding customer requirements. The development has been secretly underway for some time now, although Northrop has not divulged their designs or any pictures since the official requirements have not yet been published. There has been a trickle of information about what the Air Force wants for the plane. Included in the wish list is the role of aggressor aircraft for training exercises. It will also require the plane to be capable of 9g turns.

The current Air Force jet trainer is the T-38/F-5, which was first used in 1960. Northrop also developed it. The Air Force is also using F-16C fighter jets as aggressor planes at Nellis Air Warfare Center, where they train jet fighter pilots. The F-16 was first developed during the mid-1970s. Although these planes are perfectly capable as trainer jets, the current aggressor role has to be taken by a plane, which can be further customized for hard points. It should have the same flight capabilities as actual fighter planes which Air Force pilots might encounter in the field.

The Hawk was also first developed in the mid 1970’s and Northrop along with their partners BAE Systems had earlier wanted to use it as a base design in developing the new trainer. Unfortunately, using this as a base design would not enable the developers to meet the requirements. Northrop first teamed up with BAE Systems in 2011 as contractors. As the project developed they became prime partners. However, with the scrapping of the Hawk as the base design, Northrop would also be dropping them as primary partners. The aerospace industry makes use of different partners and sub-contractors like Atlas, for different parts of the plane.

Other plane manufacturers and defense contractors have also adopted partnerships in order to bid for the project. Lockheed Martin has teamed up with Korea Air Industries for a trainer based on the T-50. General Dynamics and Alenia Aermacchi will be fielding a design based on the M-346. On the other hand, Boeing has teamed up with SAAB of Sweden to field a new-build design. Another company, Textron, will be fielding a variant of their own developed Scorpion jet trainer prototype.

With the development of the prototype under Scaled Composite, Northrop expects a working prototype by the end of the year. This is privately funded initiative in defense research and development. The Pentagon did not include any development cost in the 2015 budget.

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Raytheon Eyeing T-X Role

By Aaron Mehta 11:54 a.m. EDT September 18, 2015
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WASHINGTON — Raytheon has been discussing the T-X trainer replacement program with the US Air Force for months, and has had conversations about joining the Alenia Aermacchi T-100 bid as prime contractor, Defense News has learned.

Alenia is offering its M-346 trainer for the T-X program and rebranded the T-100 as part of a joint offering with simulation firm CAE. General Dynamics had been part of that offering as the prime contractor until March, when it surprisingly dropped off the team.

Brig. Gen. Andrew Croft, director of Plans, Programs, Requirements and Assessments at Air Education and Training Command (AETC), and Col. Philip Wielhouwer, chief of AETC's Capability Requirements Division, revealed during an exclusive interview Monday that the Air Force has been discussing the program with Raytheon since around May of this year, two months after GD split from the offering.


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"Raytheon's involved because they came to us, saying they were thinking about aligning with one of the contractors," Wielhouwer said. "This was in the spring of this year. We invited them to our pre-solicitation conference, which was held at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in May."

Croft added: "They build a lot of components that could possibly make up components of an aircraft. I think they just want to stay engaged."

Notably, however, both men said the service was talking directly only with prime contractors and not subcontractors involved on any of the competitive teams.

Wielhouwer added that Raytheon hasn't withdrawn from the competition, and so the Air Force has continued to invite them to industry events related to the T-X. That includes a recent industry day immersion held in September for new AETC commander Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, where all competitors for the T-X contract presented.

AETC has emphasized transparency in its relations with industry as the T-X program has moved forward, with Croft saying the flow of information between the service and the various companies needs to be "fair and equitable."

An industry source with knowledge of the situation said that Alenia and Raytheon have had ongoing talks about the possibility of joining forces for a T-X bid. The source was not clear if a final agreement had been reached. Italian sources, meanwhile, have hinted for some time that a new prime for the T-100 bid is in the works.

Since GD's withdrawal, Alenia has continued to promote the T-100 as an option for the Air Force. But industry consensus has been that without a US prime, the Italian company was unlikely to fight off its competitors.

Raytheon, the fourth largest defense contractor in the world, has a portfolio largely focused on providing electronics, sensors and weapons to other contractors, rather than producing airframes. However, the fact the M-346 is a platform already in production could make this an attractive program for the company.

The winner of the T-X competition will provide the Air Force with 350 new aircraft to replace the aging T-38 fleet used for advanced jet training. The service believes a new trainer is needed not just because of the age of the T-38 fleet but because it cannot provide ample training for pilots who will be flying the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in the future.

Grabbing the T-X contract will also provide the winning company an inside track to any number of international customers, especially given the prevalence of the F-35 around the globe

The Air Force's order could grow by 200 aircraft if the service decide to do away with the T-1 Jayhawk, used to train airlift and tanker pilots, and go to a single training aircraft.


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Croft said that decision has not been made, and is probably "a ways off. … We're not going to wait around for years to make that decision."

Competitors include a pair of clean-sheet designs being put forth by a Boeing/Saab team and a Northrop Grumman-led coalition that includes BAE Systems and L-3; Textron AirLand's new Scorpion design; and the T-50, the Lockheed Martin/Korean Aerospace Industries offering.

The two Air Force officials confirmed that the schedule remains on track for a request for proposal to come in September 2016, a contract award in fall of 2017 and IOC coming sometime in 2023.

Croft said that he does not see the potential for a continuing resolution to impact the program, noting the RFP is "really independent of the budget discussion. … It's a requirement, we set the date and we'll move on from there."

Spokesmen for both Raytheon and Alenia declined to comment for this piece.

Lara Seligman in Washington and Tom Kington in Italy contributed to this report.

Email: amehta@defensnews.com

Twitter: @AaronMehta

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Boeing Phantom Works keeping T-X and F-X plans under wraps

14 December, 2015 BY: James Drew Washington DC

Boeing Phantom Works president Darryl Davis is refusing to take Northrop’s bait by disclosing new information about his advanced research and design unit’s secretive “T-X” and future fighter projects.

In an interview with Flightglobal in Washington this week, Davis stayed tight-lipped on when the company intends to fly the clean-sheet, next-generation trainer it is developing with Saab for the air force.

The most that has been revealed about the Boeing T-X alternative is an artist’s impression of the twin-seat advanced pilot trainer’s long nose and forward cockpit.

More was revealed to VIPs attending the Air Warfare Symposium in September, but reporters were not granted access.

“We’ve publically stated that Boeing is working with Saab on clean sheet design. Beyond that, I’m not going to share any more details,” he said on the sidelines of the CNAS National Security Forum.

Northrop recently assembled reporters in California where it unveiled a “slightly outdated” model of its clean-sheet T-X design, which it intends to unveil and fly early next year. Northrop also released an image of a stealthy, laser-armed, swept-wing “sixth-generation” fighter for next-generation air dominance.

Davis contends that “it’s not about a pointy-ended airplane just yet”.

Instead, the Phantom Works is working on a range of technologies that collectively might enable the US military to dominate the skies.

“From where I sit in Phantom Works, what are we doing to make sure those technologies are in some state of development, and are they on a path to mature?” he says. “You have sensors, you have airplanes, you have weapons, you have electronic effects, you have cyber. There’s a whole kitbag of effects you can apply.

“You obviously want to defeat your enemy, but there are many ways to do defeat an enemy.”

He says the US air force and navy may take different approaches for their respective F-X and F-XX requirements to follow the F/A-18 and F-22 and ensure Western air dominance into the 2030s – but there will also be plenty of commonality. It also too early to tell if it will evolve into a joint endeavour like the Lockheed Martin F-35 or separate airplanes or close derivatives, Davis adds.

One main piece of the air dominance puzzle is weapons, and whether a platform can perhaps trade speed and manoeuvrability for more agile long-range weapons.

“Wherever you move that requirement, it costs money somewhere on that kill chain, so it’s about understanding where is the best leverage for that particular attribute and that cost-effective breakdown.”

There is currently plenty of work on directed energy weapons, like lasers and high-power microwave beams, he says. Phantom Works is also known to be working on nearer-term weapons, like the DARPA Triple Target Terminator (T3).

Wherever Boeing stands today, it will undoubtable be at a disadvantage if can’t reverse the air force’s selection of Northrop to design and built the Long-Range Strike Bomber. That programme is worth upwards of $80 billion and its development will involve some of the most classified, cutting-edge aerospace technologies.
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Northrop Developing New Design for T-X
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WASHINGTON — Northrop Grumman has decided to produce a new, clean-sheet design for the US Air Force's T-X trainer replacement competition, the company tells Defense News. The move is an about-face after four years of offering an off-the-shelf design in the form of BAE's Hawk training system.

The decision to switch from a well-known system to a new design began germinating two years ago, as the Air Force started making the requirements for T-X more clear to industry, said Marc Lindsley, Northrop's T-X program director.

During that time, the company was still planning to offer the Hawk. In recent months, however, the company decided a new design would best meet the technical and affordability requirements.

Northrop informed the Air Force of its plan "a few" months back, Lindsley said, adding that there was no specific requirement that drove the decision but rather an "aggregate" of inputs from the service

"[After] the open dialogue with industry, the understanding [of what] the requirements and capabilities are, and what the costs are of those requirements, we have an opportunity with this clean-sheet design to give them exactly what they want, and that's what we want to do," Lindsley said.

The new design is in the assembly stage, with a first flight expected sometime this year. Northrop declined to give a more detailed timetable on when that would be, but companies always like to make a splash around either the Paris Air Show in June or the Air Force Association's annual convention in September.

The T-X program is intended to replace the Air Force's fleet of T-38 training aircraft with a more highly advanced jet capable of training pilots for use in fifth-generation fighters like the F-22 and F-35. The service plans on issuing an RFP on the program in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, with a projected contract award in the fall of 2017.

The service signaled its intention to move ahead with T-X in its fiscal 2016 budget request, which earmarked $11.4 million for research-and-development funding. That number escalates to $12.2 million in fiscal 2017, then jumps up to $107.2 million in 2018, $262.8 million in 2019 and $275.9 million in 2020.

Saab's FS2020 concept model

Until Northrop's announcement, the only clean-sheet design expected in the T-X competition was from a team of Boeing and Saab. The new designs will go up against a pair of legacy trainers in the form of Lockheed Martin's offering of Korean Aerospace Industries' T-50, and the T-100, a collaboration between General Dynamics and Italy's Alenia Aermacchi based on the latter's M-346 design. Textron AirLand is also planning to enter a trainer variant of its new Scorpion jet in the competition.

Last summer, when the world still believed Northrop was offering the Hawk, the company was officially named the prime on the team. Lindsley characterized that decision as "part of the process" toward moving to a clean-sheet design, but said the plan is to keep the same team of partners as with the Hawk.

Boeing's Concept model

The company is in discussions with BAE about including the British company's core training system, which simulates radar threats and other training requirements, as the center of the new jet's internal systems. BAE would also assist on production and design. L-3, meanwhile, will continue to provide ground training systems such as simulators and classroom activities. Lindsley added that "for now," the first prototype will use a General Electric engine, but declined to go into details on how a full fleet of Northrop T-X planes would be powered.

One benefit of switching to a clean-sheet design is bringing another partner into the process. Northrop signed an exclusive agreement with Detroit-based KUKA Systems in 2012 to help design a production line for the then-expected Hawk offering. KUKA designed the company's F-35 Palmdale, California, production line, which was named 2013 "Assembly Plant of the Year" by Assembly Magazine.

"We're designing producability into our airplane, right from the ground floor. They're sitting right alongside the aircraft design engineers," Lindsley said. "By having them on the ground floor you don't have to go back and tweak your design for how you would automate or how to make it better for access panels for maintenance.


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"You're also designing the aircraft with modern manufacturing capabilities and growth potential, because let's keep in mind that we're proposing an aircraft that's replacing one that's been flying for 50 years," Lindsley added. Baking in the ability to easily upgrade and modify the design will be important if this T-X design is to last for several decades.

Perhaps the most important partner in this program will be Scaled Composites. Although Northrop bought Scaled in 2007, Scaled operates semi-autonomously as a rapid prototyping house, working for a number of programs both within and outside Northrop's portfolio. The aircraft is being designed at Scaled's facility in Mojave, California.

"Scaled takes their rapid prototyping design and development capability, combines it with the Northrop capability … and we're getting synergy out of that combined effort between the two organizations," Lindsley said.

A spokesman for the company said no decision has been made on where the T-X could be produced, but the two likely spots would be Northrop's Manufacturing Centers of Excellence, one in St. Augustine, Florida, and the other in Palmdale, home to the KUKA-designed F-35 line.

As for international sales, Lindsley said the company would be open to considering that in the future, but all the focus right now is on winning the T-X competition.
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Swedish air force considers trainer options
25 May, 2016 BY: Craig Hoyle Stockholm

Sweden’s air force commander hopes to advance a competition to replace the service’s Saab 105 (Sk 60) jet trainers from late this decade, while it also works to extend the life of its veteran air transport fleet.

“We are planning for replacing our trainers,” says Maj Gen Mats Helgesson; a former Saab Viggen and Gripen pilot who took command of the Swedish air force in October. “The Sk 60 has 50 years of service and is a really good aircraft, but we will pretty soon need to replace them.” Sweden operates around 50 of the jet-powered type.

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Speaking to journalists in Stockholm on 17 May, Helgesson said Sweden has decided to retain a basic pilot training capability in-country. It had expressed interest in participating in a proposed multinational Eurotraining project that failed to materialise.

Sweden has received responses to an initial request for information issued last year and linked to the planned trainer procurement. “We are digesting the information, and we will go back to the FMV [defence procurement agency] to more clearly state our needs. Then the FMV will go out for another check,” he says, declining to identify potential candidates.

Helgesson says challenges include deciding how to prepare pilots to operate the service’s future fleet of Gripen E fighters, as it will not acquire any two-seat trainer examples of the type. Deliveries of the new-generation combat aircraft will start in 2019.

Asked whether the air force could wait for the outcome of the US Air Force’s T-X trainer contest – for which Saab is a development partner with Boeing – Helgesson says: “We have quite a lot of different options. We could try to extend the Sk 60 for a couple more years, look to have a turboprop aircraft as a replacement or do some sort of combination with the Gripens.” No decision is expected this year but he says the service retains an option to try to field a new capability by 2020.

Meanwhile, the air force’s fleet of eight aged Lockheed Martin C-130H tactical transports – including a tanker – are being put through a service life-extension programme which is expected to conclude by 2021. This will enable the service to continue operating the aircraft until 2030, Helgesson says. Flightglobal’s Fleets Analyzer database records the Swedish airframes as being between 35 and 51 years old, with six in operational use.

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/swedish-air-force-considers-trainer-options-425748/

pues parece ser la fuerza aerea sueca esta interesada en lo que salga del programa t-x
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ANTE EL FRACASO QUE HA SIDO EL GRIPEN NECESITAN ALGUN PRODUCTO QUE SE PUEDA VENDER
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Air Force Delays T-X Solicitation; FOC Shifts Two Years
Lara Seligman, Defense News 10:48 a.m. EDT March 24, 2016
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WASHINGTON – The Air Force has delayed a key milestone for its T-X advanced trainer by three months in order to refine the industry solicitation.

As a result, the new aircraft will reach full operational capability two years later than expected.

Refining the planned industry solicitation has taken longer than anticipated, Air Force spokesman Capt. Jose Davis said March 21. The Air Force decided to delay the release of the T-X request for proposals until late December after reviewing the remaining tasks for RFP approval.

“The program office now anticipates an RFP release in late December 2016 to ensure the release of a well-defined RFP,” according to a March 18 notice posted to the Federal Business Opportunities website.

FOC has been pushed two years, from fiscal 2032 to 2034, in order to “align the production schedule with the Air Force strategic planning,” according to the notice. Initial operational capability remains 2024.

T-X is unique in that it is a pilot program for the Air Force’s “Bending the Cost Curve” initiative, an effort that is aimed at increasing competition and finding cost-effective solutions. Throughout the acquisition process, T-X program officials have worked closely with industry to refine requirements for the new program and will continue that dialogue.

“These activities have improved and continue to improve the RFP by reducing any potential misinterpretations, which will result in offers better-positioned to meet training requirements,” Davis said. “Ensuring the clarity of evaluation criteria and all other sections of the RFP is critical at this stage. Communication is vital in providing insight to industry, enabling efficient and informed decisions as prospective offerors continue to refine their business plans."

Air Force officials told Defense News last month that they expect no major changes to the program requirements.

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As T-X Competition Looms, Air Force Expects Requirements To Hold Steady

The Air Force is planning to replace its aging T-38 trainer fleet with 350 new T-X jets. As the T-X is planned to train fifth-generation pilots who will fly the F-35, nabbing the contract will also provide that company the inside track to any number of international customers who buy the F-35 around the globe.

As the service prepares to release the official RFP, a field of at least four industry teams is shaping up to compete for the contract. Raytheon, Finmeccanica and CAE will offer the T-100 and Lockheed Martin and Korea Aerospace Industries have teamed up for the T-50A. Meanwhile a pair of clean-sheet designs is being put forth by a Boeing/Saab team and a Northrop Grumman-led coalition that includes BAE Systems and L-3.

Textron AirLand had hoped to offer its Scorpion design, or a modified version of the plane, for the T-X competition. But last month, president Bill Anderson said the company had ruled out offering Scorpion and also determined that developing a clean-sheet design for the T-X requirements as they exist today would be cost-prohibitive for the company.

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Future Uncertain for Textron AirLand T-X Bid

Email: lseligman@defensenews.comhttp://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/air-space/2016/03/21/air-force-delays-t-x-solicitation-foc-shifts-two-years/82081916/
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Mensaje por Tirador el 9/6/2016, 10:49 am

¿Qué habrá pasado con aquel diseño europeo que, si no mal recuerdo, era el EADS Mako?

http://www.airforce-technology.com/projects/mako/





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HACE UNOS DIAS HIZO SU PRIMER VUELO EL LOCKHEED MARTIN T-50A



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VER LAS CAPACIDADES DEL T-50 GOLDEN EAGLE EN SU VERSION DE ATAQUE FA-50
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Mensaje por AzulRey el 18/6/2016, 4:26 pm

Me da la sosos ha de que el t-50 GE será el ganador del TX.
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quien sabe y mas por que saldran dos nuevos modelos de aqui
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NORTHROP GRUMMAN PRESENTO EL PROTOTIPO QUE PARTICIPARA EN EL CONCURSO TX.



Images have appeared on social media of what appears to be Northrop Grumman’s ‘clean sheet’ T-X trainer design. The images were taken today (August 19) at Mojave Airport, California, during what was reported as a high-speed taxi trial. Indeed, logs from FlightRadar 24 reveal the test.

The aircraft, registered N400NT, was manufactured by NGC’s subsidiary Scaled Composites at Mojave, and according to the FAA registry it is powered by a single F404-GE-102D turbofan engine and is known as the Model 400.

Northrop Grumman is partnered with BAE Systems for the T-X competition, to replace the USAF’s ageing T-38 Talon in the advanced flying training role. Northrop Grumman previously planned to offer the Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer but then opted to offer a ‘clean sheet’ design when the full parameters of the USAF requirement were learned.

The ‘clean sheet’ design shows clear lineage with the T-38 and indeed the F-20 Tigershark.


BUSCANDO LA MATRICULA "N400NT"

LA FAA REPORTA



INDICA QUE EL PROTOTIPO TIENE EL MOTOR F404, EL MISMO QUE UTILIZÓ EL F-20 TIGERSHACK Y LOS F-18 HORNET


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Mensaje por AzulRey el 19/8/2016, 10:00 pm

soy yo o se parece demasiado al F-5? (t-38)
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Mensaje por Caifan el 20/8/2016, 7:58 am

@AzulRey escribió:soy yo o se parece demasiado al F-5? (t-38)

Mejor dicho pareciera que es la versión de entrenamiento del difunto F-20 Tigersharck.

Como le ocurrió al F-5 su siguiente paso o su evolución natural fue convertir el avión bimotor en uno monomotor utilizando el motor de General Electric F404 (el motor que utilizaba el F-20), y hoy se repite la historia al convertir al T-38 Talon bimotor a monomotor utilizando el mismo motor GE F404.

Un detalle curioso de este motor F404 es que también el otro concursante el Coreano T-50 utiliza el mismo motor GE F404, y lo más interesante es que también lo utiliza el JAS-39 Gripen pero conocido como RM12 porque lo fabrica Volvo en Suecia.

Algunos de los aviones que utilizan el motor F-404 son:

F-20 tigersharck
F-18 A/B/C/D
F-117 Nighthawk
T-50 Golden Eagle
X-45 UCAS
JAS-39 Gripen
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Mensaje por GREYHOUND el 21/8/2016, 10:13 pm

PUES AQUI EL T-38 TALON Y EL F-20 TIGERSHARK.

Y EL F-20 SI PARECE SER EL PAPA DEL MODELO 400.




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OTRAS IMAGENES DEL MODEL 400



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TX-PROGRAM INFORMACIO

Mensaje por flavio cardenas el 30/12/2016, 11:27 pm

tal ves ya lo hayan visto TX-Scorpion Jet.com

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Mensaje por flavio cardenas el 31/12/2016, 6:08 am

Sr.Redacast no vi antes esta pagina y si es el que ud dice agradecido de antemano gracias por su atencion sr moderador favor de moverlo de esta pagina

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de nada eso si falta actualizar esta info
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Mensaje por flavio cardenas el 31/12/2016, 10:02 pm

yo no se muncho de compu pero alli scorpion jet.com esta la info del avance del mismo y una fotografia donde ya no tiene las alas rectas saludos y feliz a#o 2017 para todo el foro y ha lo de enfrente tambien gracias






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http://www.infodefensa.com/mundo/2016/12/23/noticia-avion-boeing-optan-programa-vuela.html


Realiza su primer vuelo el caza militar Boeing T-X

Agencia EFE Jueves 22 de diciembre de 2016 en Finanzas

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WASHINGTON, DC. (EFE).- Boeing y su socio Saab anunciaron ayer el primer vuelo del nuevo caza de entrenamiento militar T-X, diseñado específicamente de acuerdo con los requerimientos de entrenamiento de las Fuerzas Aéreas estadunidenses.

Este es un paso más de Boeing y Saab para obtener un contrato con la Fuerza Aérea estadunidense valorado en once mil millones de dólares para el entrenamiento de vuelos de aviones tipo caza.

Durante el vuelo, de 55 minutos, el piloto de pruebas principal del T-X, Steven Schmidt, y el piloto jefe de los Programas de las Fuerzas Aéreas de Estados Unidos (EU), Dan Draeger, que viajaba como copiloto, validaron las características principales del reactor monomotor y demostraron su buen rendimiento, informó Boeing en un comunicado.

“Cumple todas las expectativas. Está bien diseñado y ofrece excelentes características de manejo. El cuadro de mando es intuitivo, amplio y regulable, de manera que todo está al alcance de tu mano”, declaró Schmidt en el comunicado.

Ambos pilotos se habían adiestrado previamente para el vuelo utilizando el sistema completo del Boeing T-X, que incluye entrenamiento y simulación en tierra.

Con un motor, dos colas gemelas, el asiento del copiloto ligeramente más elevado que el del piloto para que el instructor tenga mayor visibilidad, y un cuadro de instrumentos avanzado con sistema de entrenamiento incorporado, el Boeing T-X es más asequible y adaptable que los aviones más antiguos que se utilizan ahora.

Boeing y la sueca Saab presentaron los primeros dos aviones T-X en septiembre, el segundo de los cuales se encuentra en periodo de pruebas en tierra y se prevé que realice su primer vuelo a principios de 2017.

La Fuerza Aérea estadunidense planea reemplazar sus viejos cazas de entrenamiento T-38 desde 2003, pero ha pospuesto en varias ocasiones la licitación del programa por cuestiones presupuestarias.

https://www.elsoldemexico.com.mx/finanzas/551159-realiza-su-primer-vuelo-el-caza-militar-boeing-t-x







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Mensaje por Caifan el 28/1/2017, 11:17 am

Primer baja del concurso Raytheon se sale y deja sola a Leonardo.

Adiós M346/T100.

Raytheon, Leonardo End Partnership for T-X Trainer Program
By: Aaron Mehta and Valerie Insinna, January 25, 2017 (Photo Credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty)
WASHINGTON -- Raytheon and Leonardo have decided they will no longer "jointly pursue" the US Air Force's T-X trainer competition, leaving the door open for Leonardo to bid on the program without a partnership with a US prime contractor.

Raytheon made the announcement Wednesday in a short statement that said the "companies were unable to reach a business agreement that is in the best interest of the U.S. Air Force."

Leonardo's statement, issued shortly after, mimicked the Raytheon news release almost word for word, except for one sentence: "Leonardo is evaluating how to leverage on the strong capabilities and potential of the T-100, in the best interest of the U.S. Air Force."

Although Raytheon spokesman B.J. Boling confirmed that Raytheon will not longer be bidding on the program, the split does not rule out Leonardo continuing to pursue the T-X competition with its T-100 offering. Leonardo has already sold the M-346, on which the T-100 is based, to Italy, Israel, Poland and Singapore.

Tensions have existed between the two companies over the business arrangement for the plane, with the partnership in danger during the fall before an Oct. 14 meeting seemed to clear the air. Sources tell Defense News the issue has focused on where the work on the plane would actually be done.


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Raytheon, Leonardo Hash Out Differences Over T-X Trainer Partnership
Just days after that meeting, Raytheon announced that Meridian, Mississippi, would be the site of its Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility, should the companies win the T-X contract. The company estimated that the award would bring about 450 jobs to the FACO, which would be new construction.


Defense News
Media Days and Mason Jars: Defense Contractors Promote T-X Offerings as Competition Heats Up
Although Raytheon officials maintained that at least 70 percent of the T-X training solution, including ground systems, would be made in the United States, the company never fully articulated how much responsibility the US facility would have in the T-100 assembly process.

Raytheon hosted defense reporters in December at the would-be FACO location for a celebratory groundbreaking event featuring Mississippi lawmakers, southern food and T-100 mason jars. After revealing the first renderings of the FACO design, Roy Azevedo, vice president of secured sensor solutions at the company's space and airborne systems division, acknowledged Raytheon and Leonardo were still finalizing the workshare agreement.

"We are going to do final assembly and checkout right here, and there will be some amount of structural" assembly done in the US, he said. "We've not yet determined that. We're still doing that analysis."


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Raytheon Chooses Mississippi for T-X Final Assembly Site
Leonardo was originally teamed with General Dynamics on the T-100, but GD dropped out in March 2015. Defense News was first to report Raytheon would be joining the T-100 bid in September of that year. The companies made the partnership official in February of 2016.

Raytheon's withdrawal leaves at least four potential entrants to the T-X competition. Lockheed Martin plans to offer the T-50A, a modified version of Korean Aerospace Industries' T-50 trainer flown by South Korea and Indonesia, among other nations. Boeing and Northrop Grumman are separately pursuing clean sheet designs. And Sierra Nevada quietly teamed with Turkish Aerospace Industries to design the "Freedom Trainer," the latest entrant into the field.

The Air Force plans to buy 350 T-X aircraft and expects to downselect to a single vendor this year.

Tom Kington contributed to this story.

http://www.defensenews.com/articles/raytheon-leonardo-end-partnership-for-t-x-trainer-program

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Mensaje por GREYHOUND el 9/2/2017, 8:55 pm

NORTHROP SE BAJA TAMBIEN DEL CONCURSO.

LM VS BOEING
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Mensaje por prowleranx el 9/2/2017, 9:05 pm

Leonardo vuelve a la competencia con otro socio estadounidense.

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PUES A ESPERAR ENTONCES.
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Mensaje por radagast el 9/2/2017, 11:00 pm

Leonardo goes it alone in T-X trainer bid
http://www.defensenews.com/articles/leonardo-goes-it-alone-on-tx-bid

con su divicion de eeuu esta de regreso que es una joint venture de raytheon y leonardo

Raytheon-Leonardo venture. Leonardo DR

The DRS-led T-X team retains the key partners from the Raytheon-Leonardo venture. Leonardo DRS will be supported by CAE USA in the design and development of the T-100 ground-based training system (GBTS), the firm said. Honeywell will also provide twin F124 turbofan propulsion engines.

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El proyecto que sigue despues (F-X) es un sueño. Si se preguntaban porque hay tan poquitos Raptors, es porque estos cuates ya le estan apostando a la 7ª gen Twisted Evil


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