With the T-X RFP set top drop in December, Raytheon and Leonardo have had an 11th hour snag hit their partnership. Neither side has disclosed exactly
what the problem is, but it's believed it relates to division of labor. Raytheon is set to do final assembly, with Leonardo supplying the airframes.
Honeywell will provide F124 engines for the aircraft.
Under the original partnership, Leonardo was paired with General Dynamics to offer the M346, designated the T-100. General Dynamics withdrew from the
competition last year, with Raytheon stepping in to take their place.
I'm betting on workshare as the article speculates. Raytheon may be trying to leverage its 'US Partner" status to force better terms from Lenardo.
Without a US prime, the entry would face significant political hurdles, even if as the article states about 50% of the airframe is US produced
It's a waste of time. Congress will never buy a jet trainer with Russian DNA. It's a Yak. It may have some different innards but I doubt the AF or
Congress would want to see our pilots flying the same trainer as the RuAF. Boeing, Northrop, and Lockheed all have better offerings. I just don't see
how they possibly think they can compete.. It's a waste of time. It's almost the same as the Hawk really. Useless for F-22/35 training.
Boeing all the way, its got hard points written all over it, I would imagine it would not be too much to beef up the legs for a carrier variant too
and that long nose looks set for advanced radar. I dont really know what I am talking about but if made en masse as a lightweight multi role aircraft,
it might be OK for CAS - it could carry a few Hellfire and SDBs and a Centerline gun pod.
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The dispute involved who was the senior partner, what work would be done where, and general language difficulties. It was resolved late last week
sources say. They're looking at possibly splitting the two aircraft (M346 and T-100) in the export market, and allowing Raytheon to build the T-100 in
the US while Leonardo would build the M346.
Huge news today. The Raytheon/Leonardo partnership has officially dissolved. The companies stated they were unable to reach an agreement that would
benefit the Air Force. Leonardo was originally partnered with General Dynamics before they dropped out.
The idea of purchasing a COTS derivative of an old Russian design so that the three most powerful air forces all using derivatives of the same basic
trainer design probably gave the USAF brass a rage-tic that Judge Smalls from Caddyshack could be proud of. Doubly-so for the folks who remember when
the clean-sheet T-38 was the envy of a world, a trainer so advanced that they developed it into a pretty admirable multirole fighter.
At this rate, I'd be shocked if Lockheed stays in the game for the same reason. This game will be Boeing/Northrop's to lose.
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