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.
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