Industrialisation, Test, Certification and Delivery of Five Aircraft
On 18 October Saab announced it has received an order from Boeing, valued at approx. $117.6 million, for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the advanced pilot training aircraft T-X programme. The current schedule, according to the company, sees the EMD phase running through 2022.
The order follows on from the US Air Force announcement on 27 September that it had selected the Boeing/Saab solution for T-X, recognising Boeing as the designated prime contractor and Saab as a risk-sharing development partner. The significant win marks a new era in the relationship between the two companies.
The T-X programme is divided into multiple phases. The first phase, EMD, will require Saab and Boeing to industrialise the T-X aircraft together with the customer. EMD includes testing, US military flight certification and delivery of five jets. The EMD phase will be followed by a serial production phase.
“This order is an exciting step towards a whole new era when it comes to trainer jets. It lays the foundation for our joint work for many years to come. We look forward to taking these next steps together with Boeing,” commented Saab President and CEO, Håkan Buskhe.