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T-7A – transitioning into the next phase

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Saab and Boeing have jointly developed the next generation trainer-jet for the U.S. Air Force, the T-7A. 


A Boeing-Saab partnership

  • Saab won contract together with Boeing in 2018.
  • Design, development and production of T-7A, the U.S. Air Force’s new advanced pilot trainer aircraft.
  • Boeing awarded contract for 351 aircraft with a value of USD 9.2 billion.
  • Saab’s production share is the fully installed aircraft aft fuselage including associated sub systems.
  • Business case supporting business area Aeronautics’ long term margins.

EMD phase and ongoing series production transitioning to Saab’s facility in West Lafayette

  • In 2022, Saab completed its deliveries in the EMD phase with five fully installed aircraft aft fuselages.
  • EMD focus forward will be flight test activities to verify and validate aft fuselage design.
  • Assemblers and engineers from West Lafayette in Sweden for training.
  • Production of aft fuselages is transferring from Sweden to the United States.

Creating Capability for U.S. growth with the new production facility 

  • 110 employees hired and working in West
    Lafayette with more on the way.
  • Aircraft aft production has begun via contract
    order from Boeing.
  • Factory utilising best practices in industry 4.0
    and automation.