Friday, March 10, 2017

Leonardo to make T-100 in US

After parting ways with Raytheon, Italy’s Leonardo is flying solo in the U.S. Air Force’s T-X trainer competition and plans to establish final assembly for the M-346 trainer derivative in the United States. It plans to announce a location soon, according to FlightGlobal. The T-100 will use two Honeywell F124 engines made in Arizona, and its CAE simulators will be built in Florida. DRS will represent the American face of Leonardo, which did not select a separate US partner when it re-entered the competition. Before dropping Leonardo as a partner, Raytheon had selected Meridian, Miss., as a final assembly location. (Source: FlightGlobal, 03/09/17) Previous