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Boeing-Saab T-7A Red Hawk advanced jet trainer starts phase 2 flight testing


The Boeing-Saab T-7A Red Hawk advanced jet trainer has begun phase 2 flight testing. This series of flights will evaluate the jet’s fighter-like performance and digital capabilities for future U.S. Air Force fighter and bomber pilots. Three flights will be performed in one day.

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Boeing Saab T 7A Red Hawk advanced jet trainer starts phase 2 flight testing T-7A Red Hawk (Picture source: Boeing)


The T-7A Red Hawk was fully designed using 3D model-based definition and data management systems developed at Boeing during the last two decades. The T-7A Red Hawk employed the digital engineering and design of the Boeing T-X aircraft that went from firm concept to first flight in just 36 months. The Advanced Pilot Training System incorporates leading-edge ground-based live and virtual simulators to give students and instructors a “real as it gets” experience.

In September 2018, the U.S. Air Force awarded Boeing a $9.2 billion contract to supply 351 advanced trainer aircraft and 46 associated ground-based training simulators. Saab is teamed with Boeing on the trainer and provides the aft fuselage of the jet.