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Air Force T-7A Red Hawk Trainer [Updated September 18, 2019]   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Introduction: "On September 27, 2018, the United States Air Force (USAF) awarded the Boeing Company a contract, worth up to $9.2 billion, to procure 351 Advanced Pilot Training (APT T-X) aircraft and 46 Ground-Based Training Systems (GBTS) to replace the existing fleet of T-38C jet trainers. The Air Force had originally valued the contract at roughly $19.7 billion. Information on the value of other competitors' bids was not available. On September 16, 2019, Acting Secretary of the Air Force Matthew Donovan announced that in service, the T-X aircraft would be known as the T-7A Red Hawk. [...] The APT T-X acquisition strategy poses potential oversight issues for Congress. The addition of a new Major Defense Acquisition Program as the Air Force continues to purchase F-35As and KC-46s and develop the new Long Range Strike Bomber, B-21, will affect the USAF budget requests going forward, and the T-X contract award was delayed several times in light of budget issues. Specific to the T-7A acquisition, Congress may wish to consider the correct number of trainer aircraft and ground-based training systems along with timing of their procurement and fielding."

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CRS Report for Congress, R44856
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2019-09-18
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