T-7 Red Hawk

On 15 November 2001, Boeing successfully completed an initial flight demonstration of F/A-18F "F-1" fitted with the ALQ-99 electronic warfare system to serve as the EA-18 Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) concept aircraft.[3] In December 2003,

Boeing/Saab: T-7A Redhawk

Role Advanced trainer
National origin United States/Sweden
Manufacturer Boeing / Saab
First flight 20 December 2016
Status In production (February 2021)
Primary user United States Air Force
Number built 2[1]

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Boeing-Saab T-7 Red Hawk (2016)

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T-7 Red Hawk (2016)

The Boeing-Saab T-7 Red Hawk, originally known as the Boeing T-X, is an American/Swedish advanced jet trainer produced by Boeing in partnership with Saab. It was selected on 27 September 2018 by the United States Air Force (USAF) as the winner of the T-X program to replace the Northrop T-38 Talon.

The USAF’s Air Education and Training Command (AETC) began developing the requirements for a replacement for the Northrop T-38 Talon as early as 2003. Originally, the replacement trainer was expected to enter service around 2020. A fatigue failure of a T-38C killed the two-person crew in 2008 and the USAF advanced the target date of initial operational capability (IOC) to 2017.[2] In the Fiscal 2013 budget proposal, the USAF suggested delaying the initial operating capability to FY2020 with the contract award not expected before FY2016.[3] 


Shrinking budgets and higher priority modernization projects pushed the IOC of the T-X program winner to “fiscal year 2023 or 2024”. Although the program was left out of the FY 2014 budget entirely, the service still viewed the trainer as a priority.

In cooperation with its Swedish aerospace partner, Saab,[5][6] Boeing‘s submission to the competition was the Boeing T-X, a single-engine advanced jet trainer with a twin tail, tandem seating, and retractable tricycle landing gear. The submitted aircraft and demonstration models featured a General Electric F404 afterburning turbofan engine.[7]

Boeing revealed its aircraft to the public on 13 September 2016.[8] The first T-X aircraft flew on 20 December 2016



Two prototypes for evaluation.[21][22]
Production aircraft for the U.S. Air Force.


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Boeing T-7A Redhawk (2016)

On 16 September 2019, the USAF officially named the aircraft the “T-7A Red Hawk” as a tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, who painted their airplanes’ tails red, and to the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, one of the aircraft flown by the Tuskegee Airmen.[17][18]

Boeing intends to offer an armed version of the T-7 as replacement for aging Northrop F-5 and Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet fleets around the world.[19]

The design officially entered production in February 2021.


  • General characteristics

    • Crew: 2
    • Powerplant: 1 × General Electric F404-GE-103 afterburning turbofan, 11,000 lbf (49 kN) thrust dry, 17,000 lbf (76 kN) with afterburner
  • Maximum speed: 1,030 kn (1,190 mph, 1,900 km/h) at 40,000 ft (12,190 m)
  • Maximum speed: Mach 1.8
  • Range: 1,275 nmi (1,458 mi, 2,346 km) ; clean plus two AIM-9s
  • Combat range: 390 nmi (449 mi, 722 km) ; for interdiction mission
  • Ferry range: 1,800 nmi (2,070 mi, 3,330 km) ; range without ordnance
  • Service ceiling: 50,000 ft (15,000 m) at least
  • Wing loading: 92.8 lb/sq ft (453 kg/m2)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.93
  • Guns: None
  • Hardpoints: 9 total: 6 under-wing and 3 under-fuselage with a capacity of 17,750 lb (8,050 kg) external fuel and ordnance
  • Notes: The two wingtip missile launcher rails for AIM-9 Sidewinder, found on the E/F Super Hornet, have been replaced with AN/ALQ-218 detection pods, six removable under wing mounted hard points (inboard pylons will carry 480 gal fuel tanks, mid-board pylons will carry AN/ALQ-99 High Band Jamming Pods, and outboard pylon reserved for AGM-88 HARM missiles), two multi-mode conformal fuselage stations (AIM-120 AMRAAM missiles), 

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On 27 February 2009, Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon announced that 12 of the 24 Super Hornets on order would be wired on the production line for future fit-out as EA-18Gs. The additional wiring would cost A$35 million.[51][52] On 23 August 2012, the Australian Government announced that 12 RAAF Super Hornets would be fitted with Growler capability at a cost of $1.5 billion,[53] making the Royal Australian Air Force the only military other than the U.S. to operate the Growler's electronic jamming equipment.

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