T-100 Integrated Training System News

Italian Pilot School Achievements May Benefit American T-X trainer Program

December 15, 2017 -- ROME — A pilot school in Italy built around the M-346 jet trainer and advanced simulators — both on the ground and in the aircraft — will reach its full potential early next year, according to officials, who hope the achievement will boost the M-346’s chances in the U.S. T-X trainer contest.  Read more 


T-100 Team Member Delivers Keynote Address on Live, Virtual and Constructive Flight Training at Military Flight Training Conference

December 7, 2017 -- Michael Lewis of CAE USA, a team member of the T-100 Integrated Training System, delivered a keynote presentation discussing integrated Live Virtual Constructive (LVC) flight training at the 2017 Military Flight Training USA Summit on December 7th in San Antonio, Texas.  Read more 


Leonardo DRS T-100 Team Member on U.S. Air Force Training Program will be Keynote Speaker at Military Flight Training Conference
Leonardo DRS

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA, December 4, 2017 -- The T-100 Integrated Training System team partners, Leonardo DRS, CAE USA and Honeywell, announced today that Michael Lewis of CAE USA will be a keynote speaker discussing integrated Live Virtual Constructive (LVC) flight training at the 2017 Military Flight Training USA Summit on December 7th in San Antonio, Texas.  Read more


Leonardo: Preparations for Alabama T-100 aircraft factory on track

VENEGONO, Italy NOVEMBER 16, 2017 — Executives of aerospace company Leonardo told an Alabama delegation touring an aircraft facility in Italy that preparations for a manufacturing operation in Tuskegee are on track to provide the T-100 next-generation jet trainer for the U.S. Air Force.  Read more


Alabama team to tour Leonardo aircraft factory to advance T-100 project

MONTGOMERY, Alabama NOVEMBER 13, 2017 — Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield is leading an Alabama delegation traveling today to Italy, where the group will meet with executives of aerospace giant Leonardo and tour a factory where the company manufactures a jet trainer aircraft that could one day be produced in Alabama.  Read more


Tuskegee Mayor Haygood: T-100 manufacturing facility will life region

TUSKEGEE, Alabama NOVEMBER 13, 2017 — Sitting in the back seat of an F-16 jet on a flight over Tuskegee, Mayor Tony Haygood looked down at Moton Field and envisioned the historic airfield’s future as the production site of the U.S. Air Force’s next jet training aircraftRead more


Video: Industry's take on T-X: Meet the new Leonardo DRS program chief, and take a test flight
Defense News

September 19, 2017 — As the T-X trainer program continues to dominate U.S. Air Force news, Defense News catches up with the competitors at the Air Force Association symposium. Among them, Leonardo DRS, whose new T-100 program chief, Marc Lindsley, shares his thoughts on the state of the competition, before allowing Defense News Executive Editor Jill Aitoro to take off in the simulator.  Watch the video


Video: Leonardo DRS' Lindsley: T-100 'Most Mature' Entry in USAF's T-X Trainer Competition
Defense & Aerospace Report

September 19, 2017 — Marc Lindsley, vice president for T-100 Programs at Leonardo DRS, says its T-100 Integrated Training System’s maturity and integration give it a leg up in the US Air Force’s T-X Trainer competition during a Sept. 18, 2017, interview at the Air Force Association’s 2017 Air, Space & Cyber conference and trade show in National Harbor, Md. The Defense & Aerospace Report’s coverage is sponsored by L3 Technologies and Leonardo DRS.  Watch the video


Leonardo DRS announces new head of T-100 Program
Defense News

WASHINGTON, SEPTEMBER 18, 2017 — Leonardo DRS has named a new head of its T-100 program, who will be responsible for leading the development and of the T-100 if the company wins the T-X trainer contract later this year.  Read more


Air Force and Defense Industry Veteran to Lead Leonardo DRS T-100 Program
Leonardo DRS

ARLINGTON, VA, SEPTEMBER 18, 2017—Leonardo DRS announced today the appointment of Marc Lindsley as vice president of T-100 programs, responsible for leading the capture and execution of the U.S. Air Force T-X Advanced Pilot Training System Program.  Read more


T-X Trainer Competition Narrows Ahead Of Down Select
By James Drew, Aviation Week & Space Technology

SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 — The U.S. Air Force’s hunt for a next-generation military trainer aircraft is seemingly a cost shootout between Boeing and Lockheed Martin, with Leonardo DRS as the underdog. But...   Read more


Video: Leonardo DRS boss: 'Long CR would hurt' T-X trainer effort 
Defense News

September 6, 2017 — William Lynn III, the CEO of Leonardo DRS, spoke to Defense News Executive Editor Jill Aitoro about the challenges and opportunities involved in the U.S. Air Force's T-X trainer effort in the wake of budgetary debate in Congress.  Watch the video


Competitor for Major Air Force T-X Contract Pairs up with Tuskegee Airmen in Marketing Push
By Travis J. Tritten, WashingtonExaminer.com

August 4, 2017 -- With a $16.3 billion Air Force contract in play, the Italian aerospace and defense company Leonardo is pairing up with the legendary Tuskegee Airmen in its T-X trainer jet bid.  Read more 


Leonardo DRS T-100 Team Sponsoring Tuskegee Airmen’s National Convention
Leonardo DRS

July 31, 2017 -- The Leonardo DRS T-100 Team, which includes CAE USA, Honeywell and Leonardo Aircraft, is sponsoring the 46th Annual Convention of the historic Tuskegee Airmen, the heroic African-American pilots, airmen and support personnel of World War II and their modern-day namesakes.  Read more


One Man, One Job: Win the Pentagon's Next Big Contract
By Marcus Weisgerber, DefenseOne

June 23, 2017 - LE BOURGET, FRANCE -- At the Paris Air Show this week, Bill Lynn, the very tall former deputy defense secretary from President Barack Obama’s first term, stood out among average-sized Italian and American businessmen.  Read more


Why Air Force Should Buy T-100 for T-X Trainer
By Colin Clark, BreakingDefense.com

June 23, 2017 -- With the competition for the US Air Force’s T-X trainer system increasingly seen as a battle between Lockheed Martin and Boeing, it’s easy to overlook perhaps the most intriguing entry: DRS, the US subsidiary of European aerospace giant, Leonardo.  Read more


Leonardo's T-X Submission Already Training Pilots to Fly F-35
By Hope Hodge Seck, DoD Buzz

June 22, 2017 - SALON DU BOURGET, France — As the deadline nears for the Air Force to select a new trainer to replace its T-38 Talon, manufacturer Leonardo is bullish that its offering will prove a safe choice with the best value for the service. Here at the Paris Air Show, Leonardo displayed a full-size mock-up of the T-100, its submission for the T-X trainer competition, in the shadow of the M-346 Master, the veteran trainer it’s closely based on.  Read more


Paris 2017: Leonardo plays T-100 US content card

By Trevor Nash, Shepardmedia.com

June 20, 2017 -- One of three contenders for the USAF’s Advanced Pilot Training (APT) T-X programme, the Leonardo T-100 will be ‘an aircraft made in the US with lots of US content’, according to Filippo Bagnato, MD of Leonardo’s Aircraft Division.  Read more


PARIS: Leonardo touts operational pedigree of T-100 for T-X
National Interest

June 19, 2017 -- LONDON -Leonardo DRS will submit all required flight data for its T-100 trainer offering on or before the US Air Force's 28 June deadline, with chief executive Bill Lynn describing its M-346-based solution as "low-risk, low-cost and operationally proven".  Read more


Leonardo: A Strong Contender for the U.S. Air Force's Big T-X Program Contract
National Interest

June 13, 2017 -- Italian aerospace conglomerate Leonardo submitted its bid for the United States Air Force’s T-X advanced jet trainer program in March. The company will submit its flight data for its T-100 aircraft—a derivative of the M-346 Master advanced jet trainer—by the end of this month.  Read more


Alabama State Leaders Show Support for T-100 Aircraft
Press Release from the Macon County Economic Development Authority

May 9, 2017 -- Montgomery AL -- Executives with Leonardo DRS will be welcomed to the Alabama State House prior to the opening of the regular House session on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.  Read more


Legislators Show Support for Tuskegee Air Force Jet Trainer Project
By William Thorton, AL.com

May 9, 2017 -- Executives with an Italian company looking to produce a new U.S. Air Force jet fighter trainer were scheduled to meet with members of the Alabama Legislature today in Montgomery.  Read more


Leonardo DRS T-100 is Already Training F-35 Pilots
By Defence-Blog.com

April 25, 2017 -- The Leonardo DRS T-100 is an advanced variant of the M-346 trainer, a globally proven training jet for air forces around the world.  Today, the aircraft is actively training pilots to fly the F-35 for the Netherlands, Israel and Italy.  Additionally, the M-346 is training side-by-side with the F-35 in Italy.  Read more


Leonardo’s DRS Subsidiary to Build T-100 Trainer Production Facility in Alabama
By Jane Edwardson, ExecutiveBiz

March 31, 2017 -- Leonardo’s U.S.-based subsidiary DRS plans to establish a Tuskegee, Alabama-based facility to manufacture its proposed aircraft for the U.S. Air Force’s T-X trainer jet program.  Read more


Tuskegee Trying to Become Air Force Trainer Manufacture Site
By Kim Chandler, Associated Press via Military.com

March 30, 2017 -- TUSKEGEE, Ala. — The home of the Tuskegee Airmen, who shattered aviation and racial barriers in World War II, is competing to become the manufacturing site of a new Air Force training jet. Read more


Tuskegee Site in Competition for Air Force Jet trainer production
By Mike Cason, Alabama.com (Birmingham news)

March 30, 2017 -- Moton Field in Macon County, home of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, is a potential production site for a new U.S. Air Force jet fighter trainer, officials announced today.  Read more


Wing and a prayer: Company may build $250M jet factory in Tuskegee
By Brad Harper, Montgomery Advertiser (USA Today network)

30 March 2017 -- An Italian company plans to build a $250 million jet factory at the field where the Tuskegee Airmen once flew, creating at least 750 jobs in an area that needs them. But the factory will only happen if the company, Leonardo DRS, wins an Air Force contract to build the T-100 training jets.  Read more


Leonardo plans to produce advanced Air Force trainer in Tuskegee
By Jerry Underwood, Alabama News Center  

30 March 2017 -- Gov. Robert Bentley announced today that Leonardo, a global aerospace and defense firm, will create 750 jobs at an advanced assembly center at Tuskegee’s Moton Field if the company’s T-100 jet trainer wins a U.S. Air Force competition for a next-generation training aircraft.  Read more


UPDATED: New Air Force trainer jet could be built in Tuskegee
By Jim Little, Reporter Opelika-Auburn News, OANow.com

30 March 2017 -- Macon County may become a center of aviation training again.  Read more


Leonardo-DRS Bids to Build Aircraft

30 March 2017 -- Macon County, AL (WSFA) – Leonardo-DRS has submitted a bid in the U.S. Air Force competition to assemble T100 aircraft at Tuskegee, Alabama’s Moton Airfield.  Read more


Tuskegee could land aircraft plant if global aerospace and defense firm wins contract
By Rosanna Smith, Reporter, WSFA – TV (NBC)

30 March 2017 -- Macon County, AL (WSFA) – Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced on Thursday that Leonardo-DRS, a global aerospace, and defense firm, has placed a bid with the U.S. Air Force competition to assemble aircraft at Tuskegee’s Moton Airfield.  Read more


Defense contractor Leonardo plans to build training aircraft in Alabama, but impact remains to be seen
By Jeff Martin, WAAY – TV

30 March 2017 -- In an announcement Thursday morning, officials with Italian defense company Leonardo announced they would build their competitor in the Air Force's training aircraft replacement program at Moton Field in Tuskegee, if selected by the Air Force. But, since a winner is not expected to be chosen until later this year, the total impact remains to be seen. Thursday was the deadline for entries into the competition.  Read more


Tuskegee to host Leonardo's T-100 assembly
By Stephen Trimble, FlightGlobal

March 30, 2017, WASHINGTON, DC -- Leonardo has selected the historic aviation town of Tuskegee, Alabama, to assemble T-100 jets proposed to succeed the Northrop T-38 as the lead-in trainer for US Air Force fighter and bomber pilots.  Read more


Leonardo says T-X win would create 750 jobs in Alabama
By Marjorie Censer, Inside Defense

March 30, 2017 -- Leonardo today said a win in the Air Force's T-X program would eventually generate 750 jobs at an advanced assembly center at Moton Field in Tuskegee, AL.  Read more


Leonardo to Build Air Force T-X Jet Trainer in Tuskegee, Alabama
By Vivienne Machi, National Defense

March 30, 2017 -- As the competition for the Air Force's next-generation jet trainers moves along, Leonardo executives have announced the company's proposed T-X aircraft will be built and assembled in the United States at the same Alabama field where the legendary World War II Tuskegee airmen trained.  Read more


New Air Force training aircraft could be built in Alabama
By Ellen Mitchell, The Hill

March 30, 2017 -- Leonardo DRS will build the Air Force’s new training aircraft in Alabama, should the company win the contract later this year, the state’s governor announced Thursday.  Read more


Leonardo to build T-X in Alabama, killing off plans for Mississippi production facility 
By Valerie Insinna, Defense News

March 30, 2017, WASHINGTON -- If Leonardo DRS wins the T-X competition with its T-100 trainer, the company will manufacture the aircraft in Alabama, it announced Thursday.  Read more


Leonardo Would Build T-100 At New Alabama Site
Aerospace Daily & Defense Report

March 30, 2017 -- If Leonardo wins the coveted U.S. Air Force contract for the next-generation T-X trainer, the T-100 would be built at a new facility at Tuskegee’s Moton Field in Alabama.  Read more


Gov. Bentley, Leonardo announce plans for Alabama manufacturing facility to produce training aircraft for U.S. Air Force
Press Release from the Governor of Alabama

TUSKEGEE, Alabama, March 30, 2017 — Governor Robert Bentley announced today that Leonardo, a global aerospace and defense firm, will create 750 jobs at an advanced assembly center at Tuskegee’s Moton Field if the company’s T-100 jet trainer wins a U.S. Air Force competition for a next-generation training aircraft.  Read more


With Raytheon Out, Leonardo DRS Touts Lower-Cost T-100
Aerospace Daily & Defense Report

March 23, 2017 -- With Leonardo’s North American arm replacing Raytheon as prime, the T-100 bid for the U.S. Air Force’s coveted $16 billion T-X contract will come in at a lower price, according to a top company executive.  Read more


Lynn: T-X competition reflects increasingly global defense industry
Inside Defense

March 14, 2017 -- The chief executive of Leonardo DRS says the competition to provide the Air Force’s next-generation trainer showcases the increased globalization of the defense industry.  Read more


Vdeo: Interview with CEO Bill Lynn on T-X Program and DRS' Growth
Defense News

March 12, 2017 -- Leonardo DRS CEO William Lynn III sits down with Defense News Air Warfare Reporter Valerie Insinna to discuss his company’s plans for future growth.  Watch the video


Italy’s Leonardo Embraces Underdog Status in U.S. Air Force Trainer Competition
National Defense

March 12, 2017 - The aerospace industry’s top firms are throwing their hats into the ring for a chance to supply hundreds of trainer aircraft to the U.S. Air Force. Bids are due March 30.  Read more


T-X Competition Shows the Strength of America's Aerospace Industry
National Interest

March 10, 2017 -- A major issue for U.S. defense planners looking to an intensifying competition for military overmatch vis-à-vis prospective high-end adversaries, is the shrinking U.S. aerospace and defense sector.  Read more


Leonardo to manufacture T-100 in the US

March 9, 2017 - WASHINGTON, DC -- After parting ways with Raytheon, Leonardo is flying solo in the US Air Foce's T-X trainer competition but still plans to establish final assembly for the M-346 trainer derivative in the USA.  Read more


Leonardo to compete for U.S. Air Force Advanced Pilot Training System program through its U.S. company Leonardo DRS
Leonardo DRS

February 08, 2017 - Leonardo is proud to confirm its participation in the U.S. Air Force T-X competition with its T-100 integrated training system. Leonardo will leverage its U.S. company, Leonardo DRS, as the prime contractor, bringing to bear Leonardo’s leading aeronautical and simulation expertise to deliver a fully integrated solution in the best interests of the Air Force.  Read more