Military Embedded Systems

T-7A Red Hawk boasts digital design and begins production with Boeing


February 24, 2021

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Saab photo.

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.


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