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Boeing-Saab T-X

United States (2023)
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The Boeing-Saab T-X, unveiled in September 2016, is a competitor in the USAF advanced trainer aircraft replacement initiative.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Boeing-Saab T-X 5th Generation Advanced Jet Trainer Aircraft Prototype.  Entry last updated on 2/20/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

In mid-September of 2016, The Boeing Company - in partnership with Sweden's Saab - revealed their challenger for the lucrative United State Air Force "T-X" advanced jet trainer competition. The design was rolled out on September 13th at the Boeing St. Louis (Missouri) facility. It is a "clean sheet" design meaning that it has been engineered from the ground up and not based on an existing, proven aircraft already in service.

Initial Operating Capability (IOC) for the T-X is planned for 2023.

The basic approach is a conventionally-arranged aircraft sporting a high-mounted wing mainplane, twin vertical tail fins and a single engine installation. The engine, the General Electric GE F404 series turbofan, is aspirated by a split-air intake duct system. The crew of two are seated in tandem under a lightly-framed canopy - it is assumed the student in front with the instructor aft. The cockpit sits aft of a slender, pointed nosecone and the overall design exudes aerodynamic efficiency. The undercarriage is of a typical tricycle arrangement (of course retractable) with the main legs (single-wheeled) sitting under center mass of the aircraft and the nose leg (also single-wheeled) found under the cockpit floor. Some components of the aircraft are said to have been 3D-printed to help lower costs. Saab is said to be responsible for the middle and aft sections of the new aircraft.

Boeing/Saab promise high maneuverability and a high Angle-of-Attack (AoA) from their design. Logistical friendliness is also noted for the F404 engine in the Boeing-Saab T-X is the same already in the U.S. military pipeline as it powers the Boeing F/A-18 "Hornet" family.


Picture of the Boeing-Saab T-X 5th Generation Advanced Jet Trainer Aircraft Prototype
Picture of the Boeing-Saab T-X 5th Generation Advanced Jet Trainer Aircraft Prototype


Some 350 advanced trainers are sought by the service to replace the aging line of Northrop Grumman T-38 Talons. Northrop Grumman is also a challenger in the T-X competition along with Lockheed. Northrop revealed their T-X entry in August 2016 - the prototype also powered by the F404 engine. Boeing recently lost out to build the next-generation bomber for the USAF (this went to Northrop) so nabbing the T-X contract is something of a must. Its St. Louis production facility will also see a slowdown in work with the planned wrap-up of fighter production related to the F-15 and F/A-18 lines.

Two production-quality aircraft are ready for evaluation.

Values presented on this page for the Boeing-Saab T-X are estimated on the part of the author. They will be revised when official specifications of the aircraft are revealed by the manufacturer.

The Boeing T-X completed its first-flight on December 20th, 2016.

April 2017 - The second T-X prototype completed its first-flight, this lasting one hour. The flight took place on April 24th.






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Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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Origin: United States
Year: 2023
Type: 5th Generation Advanced Jet Trainer Aircraft Prototype
Manufacturer(s): Boeing Company - USA / Saab - Sweden
Production: 2
Status: In-Development
Global Operators:
United States (possible)
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Boeing-Saab T-X model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
2


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
46.42 ft


Meters
14.15 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
32.81 ft


Meters
10 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
13.12 ft


Meters
4 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
7,165 lb


Kilograms
3,250 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
12,125 lb


Kilograms
5,500 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x General Electric F404 turbofan afterburning engine developing 17,200lb of thrust.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
808 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
1,300 kph


Knots
702 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
1,143 mi


Kilometers
1,840 km


Nautical Miles
994 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
50,000 ft


Meters
15,240 m


Miles
9.47 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
33,500 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
10,211 m/min

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

None.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• T-X - Base USAF Program Designation