Rolls-Royce has joined a BAE Systems-led team to compete for the U.S. Air Force's T-X program, a contract to replace the unit's fleet of T-38 training aircraft, which first entered service in 1961.
As the engine supplier, Rolls-Royce will support the integration of its Adour Mk951 engine onto the Hawk Advanced Jet Training System (AJTS) aircraft. Northrop Grumman
and L-3 are also members of the Hawk AJTS team competing food the T-X contract.
The Air Force recently indicated it will target a request for proposal (RFP) for the T-X program by 2016, with initial operating capability pushed back from its original 2020 goal to "fiscal year 2023 or 2024," according to comments made by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh during a May Senate hearing.
Rolls-Royce currently has 8.6 million flying hours and 200 Adour engines in-service with the U.S. military.
The T-X program will replace the current Northrop Grumman-built T-38 trainer with a new platform designed to train pilots for fight generation fighter jets, such as the F-35 Lightning II and the F-22 Raptor.
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