Italy-based defense and aerospace conglomerate LeonardoÂ has designatedÂ its U.S. subsidiary DRS as prime contractor for an industry team that will bid onÂ theÂ U.S. Air Force‘s T-XÂ fighter pilot trainer contract.
DRSÂ said WednesdayÂ it will collaborate with CAE USAÂ and International Turbine Engine CompanyÂ to build a ground-based training system andÂ propulsion engines for the team’s T-100 Integrated Training SystemÂ offering to the Air Force.
ITEC is a joint venture between Honeywell‘s aerospace segment andÂ Aerospace Industrial Development Corp.
The T-100 system is based on Alenia Aermacchi‘s M-346 trainer platform that some countries have used to train fighter aircraft pilots.
The formation ofÂ the DRS-led T-X contract bidÂ team comes two weeks after Leonardo endedÂ its partnership with Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) after bothÂ companies were “unable toÂ reach a business agreement” on their joint pursuitÂ of the trainer replacement program.