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Northrop-BAE Team Stops Air Force T-X Trainer Contract Pursuit

Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) and BAE Systems have ended a joint pursuit of the U.S. Air Force’s T-X trainer aircraft program, Breaking Defense reported Wednesday.

“The companies have decided not to submit a proposal for the T-X Trainer program, as it would not be in the best interest of the companies and their shareholders,” Northrop said in a statement released Wednesday.

The Northrop-BAE team’s decision comes a week after Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) and Leonardo ended their partnership and a month after the service branch sought proposals for the $16.3 billion program that seeks a replacement aircraft for the current T-38 platform.

Breaking Defense’s Colin Clark wrote the companies’ withdrawal from the competition leaves three industry teams that plan to bid for the T-X program:

  • Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Saab
  • Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Korean Aerospace Industries
  • Sierra Nevada Corp. and Turkish Aerospace Industries
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