by Ryan Maass
Washington (UPI) Feb 8, 2017
Leonardo DRS, a subsidiary of Leonardo-Finmeccanica, will offer its T-100 integrated training system for the U.S. Air Force's T-X trainer competition.
The Italian aerospace manufacturer announced its intention to compete for the contract after ending its partnership with Raytheon for the program. In a joint statement, the two companies revealed they were unable to reach a business agreement.
"Leonardo's commitment to pursue the T-X builds on our deep experience in military pilots' training and on the competitiveness of our T-100 integrated training systems that can meet the U.S. Air Force's current and future needs," Leonardo CEO Mauro Moretti said in a press release.
Bill Lynn, the CEO and president of Leonardo DRS, added the T-100 training system is readily available, and will provide Air Force with the best resources to prepare for service.
The T-100 is a two-seat, twin F124 turbofan jet adapted from Leonardo's M-346 aircraft. Raytheon supported the aircraft as the replacement for the Air Force's Northrop T-38 Talon before deciding not to jointly pursue the contract with Leonardo.
Leonardo says CAE USA will support the company's bid, and participate in the design and development of the T-100 ground-based training system, or GBTS. The company notes CAE has designed simulation training technology for fighter jets in the past.
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