Raytheon and Leonardo have decided not to jointly pursue the US Air Force (USAF) Advanced Pilot Training program, known as T-X.

Both companies said that in February 2016, Raytheon and Leonardo announced their intent to team on the T-X pursuit. While they remain confident that the T-100 is a strong solution, their companies were unable to reach a business agreement that is in the best interest of the USAF.

The Italian defece company Leonardo stated that it is evaluating how to leverage on the strong capabilities and potential of the T-100, in the best interest of the USAF.

According to USAF, T-X program will provide student pilots in Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT) advanced phase and Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals (IFF) with the skills and competencies required to transition into 4th- and 5th-generation fighter aircraft.

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The U. S. Air Force is finally ready to replace the aging T-38 Talon trainer jet that was used to train military pilots for 55 years.
 

The Air Force is well on its way to replacing the fifty-five year old T-38 with the 30th of December 2016 release of the development request for proposal, or RFP, for the T-X program.

After Leonardo/Raytheon withdrawal, there are now 3 teams in the competition – Boeing/Saab, Northrop Grumman/BAE and Lockheed Martin/ KAI.