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CAE Joins General Dynamics & Alenia Aermacchi Team in Bid for Air Force Trainer Contract

T_38CAE USA (NYSE: CAE) has partnered with General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) and Finmeccanica‘s Alenia Aermacchi subsidiary to pursue a contract to build an U.S. Air Force trainer aircraft and related systems, Defense News reported Wednesday.

Aaron Mehta writes the General Dynamics-led team will offer a version of Alenia’s M-346 jet to the Air Force.

The branch wants to acquire up to 350 new trainers to replace its T-38 fleet, according to the report.

Mehta reports the Air Force plans soliciting proposals for the T-X program in early 2016 with initial operating capability scheduled for 2023 or 2024.

Defense News lists the competitor teams as including:

  • BAE Systems, L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL), Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) and Rolls-Royce
  • Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Saab
  • Lockheed Martin and Korean Airspace Industries
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