Raytheon and Leonardo have announced that they will build the T-100 jet trainer in Meridian, Mississippi, if the type wins the USAF T-X competition for a new Advanced Pilot Training program. Raytheon would establish a final assembly and check-out (FACO) facility at a site it has chosen in Meridian.
Rick Yuse, president of Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems said: ‘It provides the right blend of infrastructure, proximity to our customers, government support and a talent base that’s ready for the high tech jobs critical to our success.’
Raytheon has manufactured products in Mississippi for more than three decades. The company builds active electronically scanned array radars at its facility in the city of Forest.
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant adds: ‘With a firm understanding of the significance of the advanced pilot training mission, we are excited about the possibility of expanding that partnership and creating hundreds of new, high-paying jobs supporting our brave men and women who serve this country.’
Raytheon has partnered with Leonardo-Finmeccanica, CAE USA and Honeywell Aerospace to offer the T-100 to the USAF. Recent attention has been placed upon the final terms of the agreement between Raytheon and Leonardo relating to manufacturing workshare.