Report: Air Force to Award Potential $16B T-X Trainer Contract in September

The U.S. Air Force has received final proposals from companies vying for a potential $16B contract to build the military service’s next trainer aircraft and aims to announce the winning contractor before the end of fiscal 2018, Defense News reported Wednesday.

T-X program bidders are the BoeingSaab alliance, Leonardo DRS and the Lockheed MartinKorea Aerospace Industries team.

The military branch originally planned to award the T-X contract in late 2017, then pushed back its announcement date to March 2018.

The Air Force launched the competition in a move to replace its T-38 fleet, which has been in service for more than five decades, and the looks to buy as many as 350 new trainers.

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