On 21 January Saab released a statement that it started production of T-7A fighter trainer for the US Air Force. On January 10, 2020 Saab started assembly of its section of the T-7A aircraft, the advanced trainer developed and produced together with Boeing for the United States Air Force.
Saab is responsible for the development and production of the aft fuselage section for the advanced trainer, with seven aft units being produced in Linköping, Sweden for final assembly at Boeing’s U.S. facility in St. Louis, Missouri.
The work is being performed in Linkoping, Sweden, after which future production of Saab’s part for the T-7A has moved to Saab U.S. site in West Lafayette, Indiana.
The Saab facility in West Lafayette is an important part of Saab’s growth strategy in the United States, creating strong organic capabilities for the development, manufacturing and sales of its products.
Boeing is the designated prime contractor for the T-7A advanced pilot training system acquisition by the U.S. Air Force. Saab and Boeing developed the aircraft with Saab as a risk-sharing partner. Saab received the EMD order from Boeing, on September 18, 2018.
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