Feb. 23 – Boeing announced Tuesday that development of the advanced trainer jet T-7A Red Hawk has commenced. Boeing said in a press release that the jet was completely designed using 3D model-based definition and data management systems built by Boeing over the last 20 years.Company officials said the new aircraft employed the same digital engineering and design as the Boeing T-X aircraft, which went from firm conception to first flight in 36 months.
Chuck Dabundo, Boeing vice president of T-7 Services, said in the statement, “This is a historic moment for the program and industry,””The build process leverages full-size determinant assembly, which allows technicians to build the aircraft with minimal tooling and drilling during the assembly process. The digital process accounts for a 75 percent increase in first-time quality,” Dabundo said.
Tuesday, Dabundo also told reporters that Boeing is talking with the Navy about the Red Hawk replacing the T-45 Goshawk jet trainer for the military.The Air Force awarded Boeing $9.2 billion in September 2018 to provide the military with 351 advanced trainer aircraft and 46 related ground-based training simulators. To provide the aft fuselage for the trainer, Saab has collaborated with Boein