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Boeing-Saab T-X

United States (2023)

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



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

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.
Boeing-Saab T-X Specifications
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United States
Year: 2023
Status: In-Development
Type: 5th Generation Advanced Jet Trainer Aircraft Prototype
Manufacturer(s): Boeing Company - USA / Saab - Sweden
Production: 2
Supported Mission Types
Air-to-Air
Interception
Unmanned
Ground Attack
Close-Air Support
Training
Anti-Submarine
Anti-Ship
Airborne Early Warning
MEDEVAC
Electronic Warfare
Maritime/Navy
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
Passenger Industry
VIP Travel
Business Travel
Search/Rescue
Recon/Scouting
Special Forces
X-Plane/Development
Structural
Crew: 2
Length: 46.42 ft (14.15 m)
Width: 32.81 ft (10.00 m)
Height: 13.12 ft (4.00 m)
Empty Weight: 7,165 lb (3,250 kg)
MTOW: 12,125 lb (5,500 kg)


Installed Power
1 x General Electric F404 turbofan afterburning engine developing 17,200lb of thrust.

Standard Day Performance
Maximum Speed: 808 mph (1,300 kph; 702 kts)
Maximum Range: 1,143 mi (1,840 km; 994 nm)
Service Ceiling: 50,000 ft (15,240 m; 9.47 mi)
Rate-of-Climb: 33,500 ft/min (10,211 m/min)


Armament
None.

Operators List
United States (possible)

Series Model Variants
• T-X - Base USAF Program Designation


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