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T-7A is an advanced trainer system. Saab and boeing has together designed, developed and produced the aircraft: T-7A Red Hawk for the U.S. Air Force.


T-7A is a Boeing-Saab cooperation, that has lasted the latest decade. The two companies have together designed, developed and built a new Advanced Pilot Training system called T-7A.

Key features

New Advanced Pilot Training system
Stadium seating

T-7A, the most modern Advanced Pilot Training System

T-7A is designed in accordance with U.S. Air Force military future fighter and bomber pilot training requirements. The specific T-7A is the dedicated variant for U.S. Air Force. The T-7A aircraft represents a courageous undertaking in innovation design and is developed in a way that will transform the paradigm of rising cost and long development lead time for military aircraft. Boeing and Saab have proven that through relentless focus in both production and maintenance, T-7A has broken the cost curve without sacrificing time, safety or performance.

Today's and future fighter systems will demand modern training aircraft and ground based training tools that are of technical and tactical equivalent level.
T-7A is designed with maintenance in mind to reduce cost and complexity. Integrated logistic support, both onboard and offboard, as well as high reliability and availability will minimize lifecycle cost of the entire T-7A system.

The trainer has a single engine, twin fin and a stadium seating that gives both the instructor pilot as well as the student pilot an excellent view from cockpit. T-7A is equipped with modern avionics, advanced display systems and embedded training.

T-7A Red Hawk is an advanced trainer aircraft that is designed, developed and produced by Boeing and Saab.
Stadium seating allows good visibility for both the student and instructor.
T-7A  Red Hawk is designed, developed and produced by Boeing and Saab to the U-S Air Force.
U.S. Air Force has ordered 350 T-7A Red Hawk aircraft.

Milestones within T-X and T-7A Red Hawk

Sep. 14, 2023

US Air Force recieves the first T-7A Red Hawk for further flight tests
at Edwards Air Force Base

Jun. 30, 2023

First flight of the T-7A Red Hawk by a serving US Air Force pilot

May. 05, 2022

APT5, the fifth and last fully installed aft fuselage in the EMD phase was delivered from Linköping, Sweden to St. Louis, USA.

Apr. 28, 2022

The first out of five aircraft in the EMD phase was rolled out during a ceremony in Boeing's facilities in St. Louis

Apr. 15, 2021

Saab delivers it first EMD static aft airframe section to be used for ground testing during the EMD-phase

Jul. 24, 2021

Saab has shipped its second aft airframe section for use in the T-7A Red Hawk flight test program for the United States Air Force.

Sep. 10, 2021

Saab has shipped its third aft airframe section for use in the T-7A Red Hawk flight test program for the United States Air Force.

Oct. 13, 2021

Saab announced the grand opening of its new facility located in West Lafayette, Indiana. It will start by being the site for production of Saab’s aft airframe section for the T-7A Red Hawk trainer program.

Nov. 4, 2021

Saab shipped the Fatigue Test Article (FTA) airframe to Boeing for use in the fatigue tests.

Jan. 10, 2020

Saab started assembly production of its section of the T-7A aircraft

Dec. 6, 2020

Saab moves the first production unit from the assembly into final installation

May. 8, 2019

Saab announces a new site for advanced manufacturing and production in West Lafayette, Indiana, United States of America.

Sep. 16, 2019

U.S. Air Force announces the official service name of the aircraft as the T-7A Red Hawk

Oct. 24, 2019

T-7A Awarded Aviation Week’s “Game Changer Award”

Oct. 18, 2018

Saab Receives Order from Boeing for the Advanced Pilot Training Aircraft T-X

Sep. 27, 2018

U.S. Air Force Selects Saab and Boeing T-X Trainer

Apr. 24, 2017

Second T-X Aircraft Takes Flight

Apr. 27, 2017

Both T-X aircraft take to the skies, together in flight

Sep. 18, 2017

Saab Offers U.S. Based Production Capability for T-X Trainer Aircraft

Sep. 13, 2016

Boeing and Saab Reveals First Two PRJ Aircraft for U.S Air Force T-X Competition

Dec. 20, 2016

T-X Completes First Flight

Dec. 5, 2013

Boeing and Saab Sign Joint Development Agreement on T-X Family of Systems Training Competition


Did you know?

It took 3 years from a white paper to first flight.

  • U.S. Air Force will train more than 1000 fighter and bomber pilots per year in T-7A.
  • T-7A is planned to be in operation in U.S. Air Force 2024.
  • Around 350 T-7A Red Hawk aircraft will be delivered to U.S. Air Force.

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