â€œI can unequivocally tell you it’s not Gripen, or son of Gripen,â€ Chadwick told reporters Sunday at a media briefing held Sunday at Boeing’s London facility.
â€œOur design process is moving along very smartly and we will be able to fly in a timely fashion to show the Air Force that this is a viable option,â€ Chadwick added, according to Defense News.
Chadwick explained that Boeing and Saab have shared technology design and development methods with each other through the partnership.
â€œWhen you mix those together, what is happening is weâ€™re creating this culture that is allowing us to move faster, design smarter, and hit the price targets that we have that we think will differentiate ourselves from the other three competitors that are in the marketplace,” he told reporters.
The Air Force has set aside $600 million for the five-year trainer program and is slated to award a contract in fiscal year 2017.