Leonardo will participate in the US Air Force T-X competition with its T-100 integrated training system, leveraging its US company, Leonardo DRS, as the prime contractor, bringing to bear the company’s aeronautical and simulation expertise to deliver a fully integrated solution.
The T-100 is a latest generation jet trainer based on the M-346 aircraft that prevailed over rivals in the most challenging, open competitive bids during the last ten years. 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.
Leonardo DRS will be supported by CAE USA in the design and development of the T-100 ground-based training system (GBTS). CAE has developed some of the most sophisticated simulation-based training systems in the world for lead-in fighter trainer aircraft, and has been Leonardo’s training partner on the ground-based training systems delivered for the proven M-346 aircraft. The T-100 is a proven, low-risk, integrated system to train U.S. Air Force next-generation jet fighter pilots.
The T-100’s twin F124 turbofan propulsion engines, provided by Honeywell Aerospace’s International Turbine Company joint venture, deliver best-in-class thrust-to-weight ratio, proven reliability and enhanced efficiency and safety. The engines meet the most rigorous requirements for modern light aircraft and advanced military trainer aircraft.
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