Sweden would consider buying the trainer aircraft from a team composed ofÂ Boeing and Saab to replace its aging fleet of trainer jets if bothÂ companies land the T-X contract with the U.S. Air Force, Defense News reported Monday.
Col. Magnus Liljegren, head of Sweden’s air force department, told reporters during a Monday briefing in Stockholm that it would look for aÂ cheaper glass cockpit-equipped trainer jet if the Boeing-Saab team does not winÂ the T-XÂ competition.
The Swedish air force plansÂ to continue using its fleet ofÂ 50 Saab 105 trainers through 2025 orÂ 2026.
The report said that USAFÂ has begun the source-selection process and expects to award the T-X contract by the end of this year.
Other industry teams vying forÂ the T-X program include:
- Leonardoâ€™s DRS subsidiary in collaboration with CAEâ€™s U.S. arm and International Turbine Engine Co.
- Lockheed Martin and Korean Aerospace Industries
- Sierra Nevada Corp.Â andÂ Turkish Aerospace Industries