General Dynamics and Alenia Aermacchi Join Forces for U.S. Air Force T-X
The General Dynamics-led team leverages proven jet trainer aircraft and
ground-based training systems and complex systems integration expertise for a
cost-effective, off-the-shelf system for the U.S. Air Force.
FALLS CHURCH, Va., Jan. 17, 2013
FALLS CHURCH, Va., Jan. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --General Dynamics (NYSE: GD)
and Alenia Aermacchi, a Finmeccanica company, announced today the signing of a
Letter of Intent (LOI) to join forces and compete for the U.S. Air Force's T-X
trainer program, which will replace aging T-38 trainer jets and related
training systems. The agreement leverages General Dynamics' legacy of
successfully integrating and delivering large, complex systems to the U.S. Air
Force, Army, Navy and other government customers with Alenia Aermacchi's
proven jet training aircraft and demonstrated manufacturing capability.
General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, will serve
as the prime contractor.
Together, the team will offer a fully integrated advanced pilot training
system built around the Alenia Aermacchi T-100, a market variant of the
company's established M-346 military aircraft trainer. As the prime
contractor, General Dynamics will bring its proven experience in systems
integration and sub-contract management to deliver an Advanced Pilot Training
(APT) Family of Systems (FoS) consisting of aircraft, flight simulation
devices, multi-media 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.
Alenia Aermacchi's M-346 is an advanced jet trainer that is currently training
the world's air forces to operate fourth and fifth generation air-combat
aircraft. Currently in production for international customers including the
Israeli, Italian and Singaporean Air Forces, the M-346 has also been selected
by the United Arab Emirates as their advanced aircraft trainer.
"The combined strengths of General Dynamics and Alenia Aermacchi's T-100 will
deliver a best-in-class training system ensuring that the U.S. Air Force's
next generation of fighter pilots are fully prepared to defend the nation and
our allies, regardless of the mission," said Jerry DeMuro, executive vice
president of Information Systems and Technology for General Dynamics.
"Leveraging aircraft and systems that are already proven internationally saves
significant development time and cost for the Air Force and includes an
unprecedented level of safety for the trainees as they train and fly."
Giuseppe Giordo, chief executive officer for Alenia Aermacchi, said, "This LOI
brings together the world's best and most efficient pilot training system in
the T-100 and a leading U.S. prime defense contractor in General Dynamics.
The General Dynamics and Alenia Aermacchi team will present the most
technologically advanced and affordable training solution for the U.S. Air
General Dynamics is a market leader in business aviation, land and maritime
combat vehicles and systems and mission critical information systems and
technology. More information about General Dynamics is available at
Alenia Aermacchi, a Finmeccanica company, is an aircraft manufacturer renowned
in the global defense and commercial markets for its innovation and ability to
design, build, integrate and support complex systems. Alenia Aermacchi's
portfolio includes internationally successful products such as the M-346, the
only aircraft designed to meet the training needs of pilots of 4th and 5th
generation combat aircraft, and the C-27J tactical airlifter. Alenia Aermacchi
plays a key role in world-class programs such as the Eurofighter Typhoon, the
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the Neuron Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle
demonstrator. Alenia Aermacchi also designs and builds advanced
aero-structures for state of the art airliners including the Airbus A380,
Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the latest Bombardier C-Series aircraft. Additional
information about the company is available at
SOURCE General Dynamics
Contact: Media: Fran Jacques, General Dynamics C4 Systems, +1-480-441-2885; or
Jim Meltsner, Alenia Aermacchi, +1-202-688-4918; or Investors: Amy Gilliland,
General Dynamics, +1-703-876-3748
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