The US Air Force's Upcoming Contract | 19 July 2018
The United States Air Force is poised to sign a contract in the next few months that could be worth as much as $16B for 350 jet trainers and associated ground-based training systems and sustainment. The new trainer aircraft will replace the aging T-38 trainer, and it will prepare pilots to fly and fight the latest generation of fighters and bombers. To fill the development, test, production, training and support requirements for this new fleet of aircraft and ground systems, the three competitors, Boeing, Leonardo DRS, and Lockheed Martin will need to hire many people who come from a broad range of aerospace disciplines. The three companies are each teamed with an overseas aircraft company, so there will be employment opportunities in the United States, and very likely in some foreign plants. Research each of the competitors’ websites for plans and news about their Advanced Pilot Training Family of Systems (also known as the “T-X Program”) offerings, and watch the press for the USAF announcement of the winning company. Be sure to check out each company’s employment opportunities, since there are jobs to be had preparing for program planning and execution.