Boeing T-7A teammate Saab opens new facility in US

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Boeing on Wednesday announced the opening of its T-7A teammate Saab's new 100,000-square-foot production facility in West Lafayette, U.S. state of Indiana.

The Boeing-Saab team is producing the new advanced trainer for the U.S. Air Force, with Saab providing the aft section to Boeing's forward fuselage. Currently, the aft section is built at Saab's factory in Linkoping, Sweden, then shipped to the United States.

Since the inception of T-7A, Boeing and Saab have continued to seek and evolve new program efficiencies, the announcement said.

"Our teams will no longer have to tackle lengthy trans-Atlantic shipping schedules," said Steve Parker, vice president and general manager of Boeing Bombers & Fighters.

In September 2018, the U.S. Air Force awarded Boeing a 9.2-billion-U.S.-dollar contract to supply 351 advanced trainer aircraft and 46 associated ground-based training simulators, according to the company.

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