Boeing has teamed up with Saab to prepare a bid for the program that the two companies have said will be a clean-sheet design and not a rework of Saab’s Gripen fighter plane. The illustration at the end of this article shows a top down view of the plane’s nose section with the two-person cockpit and, below it, a photo of the Gripen warplane.
Defense News noted in its report:
It’s a bit of a tease, but that lines up with how Boeing had handled press for AFA. The company has brought a trailer for the program, but has restricted access to VIPs — primarily service officials — and until now has resisted discussing or sharing any design details.
Other expected bidders on the Air Force trainer contract are a clean-sheet design from Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) and perhaps another clean-sheet design from Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) in conjunction with KAI, makers of the T-50 jet trainer. General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD) has withdrawn from a partnership with Italy’s Finmeccanica subsidiary Alenia Aermacchi to modify the company’s M-346 trainer.
T-X Concept from Boeing/Saab
Saab Gripen Fighter Plane