Boeing is in talks with countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region about its T-7 Red Hawk new advanced pilot training system, which can also be evolved for additional missions such as an aggressor, light attack variant.
“We are getting positive responses from countries in the region, including Egypt,”
Rick Lemaster, Boeing’s Vice President, International Sales, told Daily News, without
naming any potential customers.
The US Air Force ordered 351 aircraft for a total of US$9.2 billion. Initial operating capability is planned by the end of fiscal 2024 when the first squadron of T-7A aircraft and its associated simulators are all available for training.
“THE T-7 CAN HELP TRAIN FIGHTER PILOTS FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.
DESIGNED USING A DIGITAL THREAD, THE T-7A ALIGNS WITH THE U.S. AIR FORCE’S
DIGITAL CENTURY SERIES STRATEGY BY ENABLING THE INTEGRATION OF
NEW CONCEPTS AND CAPABILITIES FASTER AND MORE AFFORDABLY THROUGH
VIRTUAL TESTING,” Leaster said.
The all-new system includes an advanced trainer aircraft and leading edge ground based training simulators. Ground-Based Training Systems (GBTS), encompassing a full range of physical devices and instructional techniques, will prepare students for and supplement training conducted in the T-7A. The aircraft is a flexible, modifiable solution that adapts easily to people, software and systems so future technologies can be easily implemented, pilots can adjust to their personal preferences and the entire system can be applied to other missions. By adapting to changing technologies and learning methods, and by downloading more expensive training, the T-7A produces better prepared pilots in less time.
“The Red Hawk’s fighter-like design and performance, combined with embedded and live virtual constructive training, allows the download of training tasks from the existing fleet to a lesser cost platform while simultaneously delivering realistic training solutions that better prepare pilots for the training mission,” he added.
The T-7A’s purpose-built digital approach and immersive development techniques validated supportability issues and innovated a maintenance-friendly design throughout, increasing availability and lowering sustainment costs. The common sub-systems with 4th and 5th-gen fighters allows the use of existing maintenance infrastructure, further lowering life cycle costs.
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