T-100 Integrated Training System News

Leonardo’s DRS Subsidiary to Build T-100 Trainer Production Facility in Alabama

By Jane Edwardson, ExecutiveBiz

March 31, 2017 -- Leonardo’s U.S.-based subsidiary DRS plans to establish a Tuskegee, Alabama-based facility to manufacture its proposed aircraft for the U.S. Air Force’s T-X trainer jet program.
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Tuskegee Trying to Become Air Force Trainer Manufacture Site

By Kim Chandler, Associated Press via Military.com

March 30, 2017 -- TUSKEGEE, Ala. — The home of the Tuskegee Airmen, who shattered aviation and racial barriers in World War II, is competing to become the manufacturing site of a new Air Force training jet.
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Tuskegee Site in Competition for Air Force Jet trainer production

By Mike Cason, Alabama.com (Birmingham news)

March 30, 2017 -- Moton Field in Macon County, home of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, is a potential production site for a new U.S. Air Force jet fighter trainer, officials announced today.
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Wing and a prayer: Company may build $250M jet factory in Tuskegee

By Brad Harper, Montgomery Advertiser (USA Today network)

30 March 2017 -- An Italian company plans to build a $250 million jet factory at the field where the Tuskegee Airmen once flew, creating at least 750 jobs in an area that needs them. But the factory will only happen if the company, Leonardo DRS, wins an Air Force contract to build the T-100 training jets.
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Leonardo plans to produce advanced Air Force trainer in Tuskegee

By Jerry Underwood, Alabama News Center  

30 March 2017 -- Gov. Robert Bentley announced today that Leonardo, a global aerospace and defense firm, will create 750 jobs at an advanced assembly center at Tuskegee’s Moton Field if the company’s T-100 jet trainer wins a U.S. Air Force competition for a next-generation training aircraft.
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UPDATED: New Air Force trainer jet could be built in Tuskegee

By Jim Little, Reporter Opelika-Auburn News, OANow.com

30 March 2017 -- Macon County may become a center of aviation training again.
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Leonardo-DRS Bids to Build Aircraft


30 March 2017 -- Macon County, AL (WSFA) – Leonardo-DRS has submitted a bid in the U.S. Air Force competition to assemble T100 aircraft at Tuskegee, Alabama’s Moton Airfield.
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Tuskegee could land aircraft plant if global aerospace and defense firm wins contract

By Rosanna Smith, Reporter, WSFA – TV (NBC)

30 March 2017 -- Macon County, AL (WSFA) – Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced on Thursday that Leonardo-DRS, a global aerospace, and defense firm, has placed a bid with the U.S. Air Force competition to assemble aircraft at Tuskegee’s Moton Airfield.
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Defense contractor Leonardo plans to build training aircraft in Alabama, but impact remains to be seen

By Jeff Martin, WAAY – TV

30 March 2017 -- In an announcement Thursday morning, officials with Italian defense company Leonardo announced they would build their competitor in the Air Force's training aircraft replacement program at Moton Field in Tuskegee, if selected by the Air Force. But, since a winner is not expected to be chosen until later this year, the total impact remains to be seen. Thursday was the deadline for entries into the competition.
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Tuskegee to host Leonardo's T-100 assembly

By Stephen Trimble, FlightGlobal

March 30, 2017, WASHINGTON, DC -- Leonardo has selected the historic aviation town of Tuskegee, Alabama, to assemble T-100 jets proposed to succeed the Northrop T-38 as the lead-in trainer for US Air Force fighter and bomber pilots.
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Leonardo says T-X win would create 750 jobs in Alabama

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.
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Leonardo to Build Air Force T-X Jet Trainer in Tuskegee, Alabama

By Vivienne Machi, National Defense

March 30, 2017 -- As the competition for the Air Force's next-generation jet trainers moves along, Leonardo executives have announced the company's proposed T-X aircraft will be built and assembled in the United States at the same Alabama field where the legendary World War II Tuskegee airmen trained.
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New Air Force training aircraft could be built in Alabama

By Ellen Mitchell, The Hill

March 30, 2017 -- Leonardo DRS will build the Air Force’s new training aircraft in Alabama, should the company win the contract later this year, the state’s governor announced Thursday.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) said Leonardo DRS will build its T-100 aircraft at a new manufacturing facility at Moton Field in Tuskegee — about 40 miles east of Montgomery, the state capital — should the Air Force select the aircraft for its T-X program.
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Leonardo to build T-X in Alabama, killing off plans for Mississippi production facility 

By Valerie Insinna, Defense News

March 30, 2017, WASHINGTON -- If Leonardo DRS wins the T-X competition with its T-100 trainer, the company will manufacture the aircraft in Alabama, it announced Thursday.

The Italian firm plans to build an assembly center at Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama, if awarded the T-X contract. Upward of $200 million will be spent on construction including buildings, infrastructure and equipment, according to an news release from the Alabama governor's office.
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Leonardo Would Build T-100 At New Alabama Site

Aerospace Daily & Defense Report

March 30, 2017 -- If Leonardo wins the coveted U.S. Air Force contract for the next-generation T-X trainer, the T-100 would be built at a new facility at Tuskegee’s Moton Field in Alabama.

Leonardo would build the advanced assembly site from the ground up rather than using an existing facility, creating hundreds of new construction and manufacturing jobs.
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Gov. Bentley, Leonardo announce plans for Alabama manufacturing facility to produce training aircraft for U.S. Air Force

Press Release from the Governor of Alabama

TUSKEGEE, Alabama, March 30, 2017 — Governor Robert Bentley announced today that Leonardo, a global aerospace and defense firm, will create 750 jobs at an advanced assembly center at Tuskegee’s Moton Field if the company’s T-100 jet trainer wins a U.S. Air Force competition for a next-generation training aircraft.
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With Raytheon Out, Leonardo DRS Touts Lower-Cost T-100

Aerospace Daily & Defense Report

March 23, 2017 -- With Leonardo’s North American arm replacing Raytheon as prime, the T-100 bid for the U.S. Air Force’s coveted $16 billion T-X contract will come in at a lower price, according to a top company executive.
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Video: Leonardo DRS’ Lynn on USAF Trainer Contest, Daylight Acquisition & Buy American

Defense & Aerospace Report

March 14, 2017 -- William Lynn, president and CEO of Leonardo DRS, discusses the company’s bid for the US Air Force’s T-X program to replace the venerable Northrop T-38 trainer, the acquisition of Daylight Solutions and the implications of President Trump’s “Buy American” approach with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian.
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Lynn: T-X competition reflects increasingly global defense industry

Inside Defense

March 14, 2017 -- The chief executive of Leonardo DRS says the competition to provide the Air Force’s next-generation trainer showcases the increased globalization of the defense industry.
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Vdeo: Interview with CEO Bill Lynn on T-X Program and DRS' Growth

Defense News

March 12, 2017 -- Leonardo DRS CEO William Lynn III sits down with Defense News Air Warfare Reporter Valerie Insinna to discuss his company’s plans for future growth.
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Italy’s Leonardo Embraces Underdog Status in U.S. Air Force Trainer Competition

National Defense

March 12, 2017 - The aerospace industry’s top firms are throwing their hats into the ring for a chance to supply hundreds of trainer aircraft to the U.S. Air Force. Bids are due March 30.
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T-X Competition Shows the Strength of America's Aerospace Industry

National Interest

March 10, 2017 -- A major issue for U.S. defense planners looking to an intensifying competition for military overmatch vis-à-vis prospective high-end adversaries, is the shrinking U.S. aerospace and defense sector. 
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Leonardo to manufacture T-100 in the US


March 9, 2017 - WASHINGTON, DC -- After parting ways with Raytheon, Leonardo is flying solo in the US Air Foce's T-X trainer competition but still plans to establish final assembly for the M-346 trainer derivative in the USA.
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Leonardo to compete for U.S. Air Force Advanced Pilot Training System program through its U.S. company Leonardo DRS

Leonardo DRS

February 08, 2017 - Leonardo is proud to confirm its participation in the U.S. Air Force T-X competition with its T-100 integrated training system. Leonardo will leverage its U.S. company, Leonardo DRS, as the prime contractor, bringing to bear Leonardo’s leading aeronautical and simulation expertise to deliver a fully integrated solution in the best interests of the Air Force.
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