Leonardo DRS is proud to be the only T-X team building a new U.S. tactical aircraft manufacturing facility. Furthermore, as part of Team T-100, CAE will create world-class training systems in Tampa, Florida, and Honeywell will build the F-124 engines in Phoenix, Arizona.
For years to come, the T-100 will create high-tech jobs in aircraft and training system production in America. Making it the right choice not only for our pilots, but for our country, today and in the future.
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.
Governor Bentley, Tuskegee University officials, Tuskegee Mayor Tony Haygood and community leaders joined executives of Leonardo at a ceremony at the airfield to announce plans for the Alabama manufacturing center. Moton Field, located off Exit 38 on Interstate 85, is home to the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site.
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. Total investment in the T-100 project’s buildings, infrastructure and equipment will exceed $200 million to $250 million.
“Leonardo’s project will have a massive economic impact in Macon County and across the region through the creation of high-paying jobs,” Governor Bentley said. “Moreover, these T-100 training aircraft — built at the site where the legendary Tuskegee Airmen trained during World War II — will prepare a new generation of fighter pilots whose mission is to keep our country safe.”
To establish its operation, Leonardo will lease a new facility to be built at Moton Field by a public-private partnership formed in Macon County. The Alabama workforce will perform structural sub-assembly, integration, final assembly, and conduct research and testing at the site. Aircraft deliveries will also take place there.
“Building the T-100 aircraft in Alabama will create American jobs while providing the Air Force with the world’s best trainer,” said Leonardo DRS CEO William J. Lynn, prime contractor for the T-100 team. “Future American military pilots can learn on the world’s most operationally proven, low-cost, low-risk integrated training system developed by a skilled U.S. workforce.”
Leonardo’s twin-engine T-100 is currently being used to train pilots around the world to fly next-generation fighter aircraft. The trainer, based on the company’s proven M-346 aircraft, has been selected for this role by Italy, Israel, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and Poland.