Leonardo confirms its participation in the U.S. Air Force T-X competition with its T-100 integrated training system. Leonardo will leverage its U.S. company, Leonardo DRS, as the prime contractor, bringing to bear Leonardo’s aeronautical and simulation expertise to deliver a fully integrated solution for the Air Force.
The T-100 will be a U.S.-based program that will bring significant economic benefits to the country through a newly established U.S. workforce, in addition to the technological and industrial capabilities embedded in newly built U.S.-based manufacturing facilities.
“Leonardo’s commitment to pursue the T-X builds on our deep experience in military pilots’ training and on the competitiveness of our T-100 integrated Training Systems that can meet the U.S. Air Force’s current and future needs,” said Mauro Moretti, CEO and General Manager of Leonardo.
Bill Lynn, CEO of Leonardo DRS, added that his company “is proud to bring to this highly competitive tender Leonardo’s mature, readily available and technologically advanced solution that will also have a significant economic impact in the U.S.”
The T-100 is the latest generation jet trainer based on the M-346 aircraft that prevailed over rivals in open competitive bids. The aircraft is already operational to train pilots around the world to fly in next-generation fighter aircraft. The T-100 also features an embedded tactical training system that immerses pilots in realistic mission scenarios.
The T-100’s twin F124 turbofan propulsion engines, provided by Honeywell Aerospace’s International Turbine Company joint venture, deliver thrust-to-weight ratio, reliability, efficiency, and safety. The engines meet requirements for modern light aircraft and advanced military trainer aircraft.
Leonardo DRS will be supported by CAE USA in the design and development of the T-100 ground-based training system (GBTS).