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Report: Gen. David Goldfein Attributes Shakeout in T-X Competition to Air Force Procurement Strategy

Report: Gen. David Goldfein Attributes Shakeout in T-X Competition to Air Force Procurement Strategy - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Report: Gen. David Goldfein Attributes Shakeout in T-X Competition to Air Force Procurement Strategy - top government contractors - best government contracting eventGen. David Goldfein, chief of staff at the U.S. Air Force, has said that he expected a shakeout in the military service’s $16 billion T-X trainer competition launched in late 2016 given the branch’s strategy to procure a new jet fighter training system, National Defense Magazine reported Tuesday.

According to the story by Yasmin Tadjdeh, Goldfein told reporters during a meeting in Washington the Air Force initiated an “inclusive dialogue” with interested parties and drafted a number of requests for proposals as part of the acquisition process.

“I'm not at all surprised that some of them along the way came and said, “˜You know what, now that we really have a better sense of what the customer is looking for and what the other competitors have, we're going to make a business decision not to jump into this race,” said Goldfein, according to the report.

Yasmin wrote Northrop GrummanBAE Systems partnership and a RaytheonLeonardo alliance have withdrawn from the competition to replace the Air Force’s T-38 aircraft.

The BoeingSaabSierra NevadaTurkish Aerospace Industries and Lockheed MartinKorea Aerospace Industries teams still aim to pursue the T-X program, Tadjdeh reported.

Stavatti Aerospace said last week it will offer the Javelin military jet trainer and very light fighter aircraft platform to the competition.

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