General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) and a Finmeccanica subsidiary are forming a partnership to pursue a U.S. Air Force program intended to develop a new trainer aircraft and associated systems.
The companies said team will offer a new pilot training system built around Alenia Aermacchi’s T-100, a variant of its M-346 military aircraft trainer.
General Dynamics’ C4 systems unit will be the prime contractor for the partnership.
Jerry DeMuro, executive vice president of information systems and technology at General Dynamics, said the companies will aim to provide Air Force pilots a system to defend the U.S. and its allies.
The team will propose T-100 Integrated Training System, which the companies said is comprised of aircraft, flight simulation devices, multi-media classrooms and logistics support.
General Dynamics said the team’s proposal will focus on U.S.-made parts and equipment.
Four countries have selected Alenia Aermacchi’s M-346 including Israel, Italy, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.