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GD, Alenia To Vie for USAF Trainer Competition

Jan. 17, 2013 - 11:30AM   |  
By TOM KINGTON   |   Comments
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ROME — General Dynamics and Italy’s Alenia Aermacchi have teamed to market Alenia’s T-100 jet trainer in the U.S. T-X trainer competition, the two firms announced Jan 17.

General Dynamics will act as prime contractor in the team-up, which will offer the jet, also known as the M-346, as well as ground-based systems in the U.S. Air Force competition to replace aging T-38 jets.

The Letter of Intent signed envisages General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, acting as the prime contractor.

In a statement, General Dynamics said it would provide an Advanced Pilot Training family of systems, consisting of aircraft, flight simulation devices, multimedia classrooms and logistics support.

“The T-100 Integrated Training System will incorporate any unique U.S. Air Force requirements and will be built in the United States with an emphasis on United States-made components and equipment,” the statement said.

The M-346 has been purchased by Italy, Singapore and Israel, beating competition from the KAI T-50 in the latter two tenders.

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