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Saab lands $101M contract for T-7A Red Hawk fuselage production

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Saab is awarded a $101 million contract in the fourth quarter of 2023 to manufacture aft fuselages for Boeing’s T-7A Red Hawk trainer aircraft, facilitating the US Air Force’s transition from the aging T-38 Talon fleet.

After the first two T-7A Red Hawks successfully arrived at US Air Force bases for developmental flight tests—Edwards Air Force Base and Eglin Air Force Base—this contract at Saab’s Indiana facility is a key step in addressing the USAF’s demand for 351 T-7A trainers.

“What we are building is the most modern and forward-looking advanced pilot training system on the market, and I am confident that this is a program that will deliver aircraft for many years to come. This order ensures the ramp-up of serial production to meet both current and future customers’ increased needs,” said Lars Tossman, head of Saab’s Aeronautics business area.

In 2018, the US Air Force awarded Boeing a $9.2 billion contract for 351 T-7A advanced trainers, 46 simulators, and support. Fast forward to June 28, 2023, the first T-7A Red Hawk trainer completed its inaugural flight, officially commencing the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the program.