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"Boeing could propose developing a "purpose-built" airframe as one of several options to replace the US Air Force's fleet of Northrop T-38 jet trainers, say industry officials.
According to industry officials, the Boeing concept pre-supposes that the USAF does not want to select a future trainer aircraft that was developed in a previous decade. The service plans to reach initial operational capability for the T-X fleet in 2017 and operate the type for 30-40 years.
Boeing's concept also may add a 'homegrown' dimension to a competition dominated by aircraft developed substantially in foreign countries."
The home turf advantage is real but timeframe is very tight. However, the potential order plus any subsequent navalised and light attack variants compel major manufacturers to have their own candidate, instead of just fronting for someone. Might Boeing have a design all ready for development, or would they settle for a sweeter partnership with Alenia?