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SAAB plans to open US facility-selects Triumph to build T-X wing and tail

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posted on Sep, 18 2017 @ 02:15 PM
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SAAB has announced that they intend to stand up a facility to build their T-X entry in the US. It appears from the comments that they will build their portion of the aircraft there, as well as performing final assembly. It's not clear where they will put the facility, or how it will be done. They have three options, building a new facility, working with an existing facility, or acquiring one. Boeing and SAAB have announced that they will offer the aircraft outside the US, regardless of if they are selected or not.

They have also selected Triumph Aerospace Structures to supply the vertical fin, horizontal surfaces, and the wing. The structures will be built in Red Oak, Texas. Triumph has previously worked with Boeing to provide structures for the V-22 and C-17.


NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Saab intends to establish a manufacturing and production center in the U.S. to handle the Swedish company’s work on the Boeing-Saab T-X trainer aircraft.

But it’s unclear if that plan will remain in place should the team-up fail to win the U.S. Air Force’s contract. Also unclear is where the facility might end up.

At a speech on the floor of the Air Force Association’s annual conference, Boeing defense chief Leanne Caret and Saab AB president and CEO Haken Buskhe said the goal is for their T-X design to be more than 90 percent built in America.

www.defensenews.com...

www.flightglobal.com...
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posted on Sep, 18 2017 @ 02:18 PM
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They have also selected Triumph



They make bloody good motorbikes.





posted on Sep, 18 2017 @ 02:20 PM
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SAAB plans to open US facility-selects Triumph to build T-X wing and tail


That's a nice-looking vertical stabilizer

FOR ME TO POOP ON!
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posted on Sep, 18 2017 @ 02:49 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

That actually makes sense that Triumph hooked up with Saab as all of the other major aerostructure companies are already committed to their dance partner.



posted on Sep, 18 2017 @ 02:54 PM
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a reply to: Imperium Americana

It's getting harder to find major structures partners anymore, with all the construction going on in various areas.



posted on Sep, 19 2017 @ 07:17 AM
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Will it be Flat packed?



posted on Sep, 19 2017 @ 10:02 AM
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a reply to: Blackfinger

Yes, and the entire jet assembled using one allen key.



posted on Sep, 19 2017 @ 04:19 PM
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I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves... The Vertical stabilizer Guys, makers of this stuff LLC. Well soon LLC. pending.

We would entertain being commercially paired.



posted on Sep, 19 2017 @ 04:21 PM
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Only one thing to say about Triumph....... awkward. Stick to bikes and cars.



posted on Sep, 22 2017 @ 12:41 PM
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a reply to: Plotus

Different company.



posted on Sep, 22 2017 @ 12:45 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Yep! Certain large components are about impossible to have produced in the US due a certain large project locking down production for the next 48 months and beyond.



posted on Sep, 22 2017 @ 01:47 PM
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a reply to: Imperium Americana

That one even brought in some smaller companies to do a lot more work than they'd normally get. A couple small companies I had never heard of before got pretty decent chunks of work on everything from structures to power supplies.



posted on Sep, 22 2017 @ 02:49 PM
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Its no different than commercial aviation. Airbus and Boeing are more large scale integrators than anything else.

It spreads around risk and reduces the amount of capital outlay needed to stand up individual components



posted on Sep, 22 2017 @ 02:52 PM
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a reply to: FredT

Yes, but it's getting to a scale that we haven't seen before, because there are so many of the larger ones that are booked solid for other programs, be they military or commercial. Spirit Aerosystems is going to have to expand if they want to produce much more, with them doing B-21 and all the Boeing stuff.



posted on Sep, 22 2017 @ 03:22 PM
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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: FredT

Yes, but it's getting to a scale that we haven't seen before, because there are so many of the larger ones that are booked solid for other programs, be they military or commercial. Spirit Aerosystems is going to have to expand if they want to produce much more, with them doing B-21 and all the Boeing stuff.


True and alot of the middle to small companies are going to have to step up tot he big leagues.

I also see another huge wave of consolidation coming up. Not a prime buying a prime but rather a prime solidifying its supply chain by acquiring key companies to make sure they are the priority.

Apple is doing this right now by investing in the group buying Toshiba chip business. They get to first dibs on production and get to impose whatever QA / QC they want on the process.



posted on Sep, 22 2017 @ 07:31 PM
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Bankstown in Sydney Australia had a factory that did a LOT of work.




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