HAZELWOOD, MO (KPLR) - Boeing is unveiling a new plane it hopes will be used to train the next generation of U.S. Air Force pilots.
It’s called the Boeing T-X and it will be used by Boeing to compete for the Air Force’s T-X Trainer program. This project is going to be a big deal for the company that wins it because lots of the new trainer planes are going to be built for the Air Force.
And that means jobs!
Boeing officials say their T-X is specifically designed for the Air Force’s training mission. Their model takes advantage of the latest technologies, tools and manufacturing techniques and is designed to evolve as training needs change.
Boeing is one of four companies competing to build the new T-X training aircraft for the Air Force.
Boeing’s partner in this project is Saab AB.
The new T-X plane will replace the Air Force's aging T-38 aircraft, which has been used to train pilots for years.
The Air Force has been developing requirements for replacing the T-38 since 2003, but budget constraints have delayed the effort.
About 350 new T-X trainers are expected to be ordered, but additional purchases could push the overall amount to over 1,000.
The contract is expected to be awarded next year, with the new T-X trainers starting to operate around 2024.