Boeing Touts Light Attack, Aggressor Potential for T-X Trainer

Boeing sees significant potential in securing light attack and Aggressor sales for the T-X trainer aircraft it has developed with Saab, having factored the required growth capacity into the basic design of the aircraft. Speaking at the company's St Louis facility in Missouri, Ted Torgerson, programme head for the T-X Advanced Pilot Training Program...

Boeing sees significant potential in securing light attack and Aggressor sales for the T-X trainer aircraft it has developed with Saab, having factored the required growth capacity into the basic design of the aircraft.

While Boeing is focused on delivering the EMD phase of the USAF's T-X programme, the company says it sees significant sales potential for its BTX aircraft for the light attack and Aggressor roles. (IHS Markit/Gareth Jennings)
While Boeing is focused on delivering the EMD phase of the USAF's T-X programme, the company says it sees significant sales potential for its BTX aircraft for the light attack and Aggressor roles. (IHS Markit/Gareth Jennings)

Speaking at the company's St Louis facility in Missouri, Ted Torgerson, programme head for the T-X Advanced Pilot Training Program (ATP) said that, although the current focus is very much on delivering the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the US Air Force's (USAF) requirement, attention is being given to operational and additional training opportunities for the clean-sheet design.

"There is certainly growth for light attack and Aggressor development, with all the power and cooling requirements already designed into the airframe," Torgerson said, adding that locations for underwing hardpoints have been identified and that the necessary structures are already in place (although the wiring and plumbing is not).

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