Elbit Systems of America will supply a number of products – including cockpit displays, datalinks and embedded training capabilities – to Boeing’s T-X advanced pilot training aircraft for the United States Air Force.
“We are supremely proud to be trusted by Boeing and the US Air Force to supply these mission critical products and vital training systems,” said Raanan Horowitz, president and CEO of Elbit Systems of America. “Future pilots will greatly benefit from the revolutionary flight training capabilities featured in the T-X.”
Elbit Systems of America will provide a number of key components, including large area displays, engine fuel indicators, upfront control panels, and Head Up Displays and their associated line replaceable units. In addition, the company will supply air and ground datalinks enabling the T-X’s onboard virtual avionics and the Integrated Live/Virtual/Constructive capability. This cutting edge capability simulates the advanced avionics, sensors and weapons utilized by 5th generation fighters like the F-22 and F-35, enabling T-X pilots to virtually operate those systems while flying the lower cost-to-operate T-X aircraft.
According to a report by Calcalist, the first stage of the deal will see Elbit supplying products for 351 aircraft, with delivery starting in 2023, but the contract may be expanded to some 1,000 aircraft. While Elbit did not disclose the financial details of the deal, the first stage of the contract is worth around $500 million, Calcalist reported, citing a source familiar with the matter.