The number of contenders for the $16bn US Air Force T-X advanced jet trainer content has been reduced again after Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems announced that they have withdrawn from the contract on 1 February.

This follows the earlier announcement that Raytheon was to withdrew as the prime contractor for a bid based on the Leonardo T-100. In addition to Leonardo, which is considering whether to find another US partner, the two remaining teams still competing for the contract to supply 300-350 trainers are Boeing/Saab and Lockheed Martin/Korea Aerospace Industries.

2 February 2017