Just over a week after Raytheon walked away from its teaming agreement with Leonardo to offer the T-100 (M-346) for T-X, the Italian manufacturer has said it is pressing ahead with a T-X bid.
Leonardo’s US-based subsidiary, Leonardo DRS, will serve as prime contractor for a bid. In a news release the company said:
Leonardo is proud to confirm its participation in the USAF T-X competition with its T-100 integrated training system. Leonardo will leverage its US company, Leonardo DRS, as the prime contractor, bringing to bear Leonardo’s leading aeronautical and simulation expertise to deliver a fully integrated solution in the best interests of the Air Force.
The T-100 will be a US-based program that will bring significant economic benefits to the country through a newly established and skilled U.S. work force, in addition to the technological and industrial capabilities embedded in newly built US-based manufacturing facilities.
‘Leonardo’s commitment to pursue the T-X builds on our deep experience in military pilots’ training and on the competitiveness of our T-100 integrated Training Systems that can meet the U.S. Air Force’s current and future needs,’ said Mauro Moretti, CEO and General Manager of Leonardo. Bill Lynn, CEO of Leonardo DRS, added that his company ‘is proud to bring to this highly competitive tender Leonardo’s mature, readily available and technologically advanced solution that will also have a significant economic impact in the US.’
Leonardo DRS will be supported by CAE USA in the design and development of the T-100 ground-based training system (GBTS).