14 October 2021
by Gareth Jennings
Saab will manufacture the aft fuselage of the T-7A Red Hawk at its newly opened West Lafayette facility in Indiana. (Boeing)
Saab formally opened the West Lafayette manufacturing facility in Indiana from the place it's going to construct its share of the T-7A Red Hawk superior jet coach plane on which it's partnered with Boeing.
The Swedish producer introduced the occasion on 13 October, noting that aside from being the positioning for manufacturing the aft airframe part of the Red Hawk, the positioning can be used for analysis and growth in autonomy, synthetic intelligence, and superior manufacturing additionally.
“By 2027, Saab expects to hire up to 300 employees for this facility, including assemblers, engineers, system administrators, and more. The West Lafayette facility will also work collaboratively with Purdue [University in Indiana] on research and development in sensor systems, artificial intelligence, and more. Saab plans to export products and technology from this facility,” the corporate mentioned.
With two manufacturing consultant jets (PRJs) constructed and flying, the engineering and manufacturing growth (EMD) contract awarded in September 2018 covers 5 extra plane for flight trials, plus one fuselage for static exams, and one other for fatigue testing.
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