Stavatti AerospaceÂ has announced plans to offerÂ its Javelin military jet trainer and very light fighter aircraftÂ toÂ theÂ U.S. Air Force‘s $16.3 billion T-X trainer program.
The company said Friday the Javelin platform, which was derived from theÂ Aviation Technology Group-builtÂ Javelin Mk-30 civil jet sportplane, will be offered as a potential replacement forÂ the service branch’s currentÂ T-38 training aircraft.
AÂ partnership between Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Saab, theÂ Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)-Korean Aerospace IndustriesÂ alliance andÂ a team comprised ofÂ Sierra Nevada Corp. and Turkish Aerospace Industries,Â also plan to competeÂ in the program.
In November, Stavatti received an exclusive license from the present owner of the Javelin project’s intellectual property and physical assets to certify, develop, manufacture, prototype, re-imagine, sell and support the platformÂ as a new Advanced Jet Trainer and VLF.
Stavatti said it will also establish a Javelin Industry Team and look to partner with another company in a bidÂ to meet the T-XÂ manufacturing, logistical support and training requirements of the Air Force.
Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) andÂ LeonardoÂ ended the firms’ jointÂ pursuit of the T-X contractÂ in January while Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC)Â BAE Systems withdrew from theÂ competition as a teamÂ earlier this month.