By Marjorie Censer, Inside Defense
March 30, 2017 -- Leonardo today said a win in the Air Force's T-X program would eventually generate 750 jobs at an advanced assembly center at Moton Field in Tuskegee, AL.
Company executives were set to join the state's governor, Tuskegee University officials, the Tuskegee mayor and others today at the airfield to announce the plans.
"The Leonardo project in Tuskegee calls for the creation of 750 high-wage, full-time jobs over a 10-year ramp-up period, beginning in 2019," the official announcement reads. "Total investment in the T-100 project’s buildings, infrastructure and equipment will exceed $200 million to $250 million."
Leonardo would lease a new facility that would be constructed at Moton Field through a public-private partnership in Macon County.
"The Alabama workforce will perform structural sub-assembly, integration, final assembly, and conduct research and testing at the site," the announcement adds. "Aircraft deliveries will also take place there."
The company, partnered with CAE and Honeywell Aerospace, is offering its T-100 aircraft in the T-X competition. That aircraft is based on its M-346 aircraft.
Leonardo was originally set to team with Raytheon for the program, but the duo backed out in January. Leonardo quickly announced it would participate without Raytheon.
The company is expected to face competitors Lockheed Martin, teamed with Korea Aerospace, and Boeing, who is partnering with Saab. Stavatti Aerospace has also announced its intention to participate in the program.
Ted Torgerson, Boeing's T-X program manager, confirmed March 29 the company submitted its bid. While he did not say exactly where the jet would be produced, he confirmed final assembly would take place in the United States and said Boeing will have an announcement "soon."