T-7A Red Hawk boasts digital design and begins production with BoeingNews
February 24, 2021
CHICAGO, Ill. Boeing has announced that the first U.S. portion of the T-7A Red Hawk advanced trainer has entered the Boeing jet’s state-of-the-art production line.
The training jet, designated the eT-7A Red Hawk by the U.S. Air Force because of its digital heritage, was fully designed using 3D model-based definition and data management systems developed at Boeing over the last two decades.
According to Boeing, the T-7A Red Hawk employed the digital engineering and design of the Boeing T-X aircraft. The Advanced Pilot Training System also incorporates leading-edge ground-based live and virtual simulators to give students and instructors an accurate experience.
In September 2018, the U.S. Air Force awarded Boeing a $9.2 billion contract to supply 351 advanced trainer aircraft and 46 associated ground-based training simulators. Saab is teamed with Boeing on the trainer and provides the aft fuselage of the jet.