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Boeing begins production of T-7A trainers that can digitally connect to real T-7A aircraft

The USAF is one step closer to welcoming its next generation coach. Boeing has started production of the realistic ground-based training system GBTS (Ground-Based Training System) for the T-7A Red Hawk. The first two trainers and another flight have already been assembled at Boeing’s facilities in San Luis. These simulators, which form the basis for pilot training and the key to the readiness of the US Air Force, can be digitally connected to real T-7A aircraft and enable virtual constructive and integrated training scenarios.

The Red Hawk’s training system is possibly the most advanced in the world. According to Chuck Dabundo, Boeing Vice President of T-7 Programs, this is a game changer. This system is 100 percent integrated into the pilot’s real experience and offers a real simulation. The training simulators are equipped with hi-fi crew stations, including dynamic movement seats and Boeing’s native 8K projectors with constant resolution and visual system that offer 16x the clarity of conventional high-definition video (1080p).

Sherri Koehnemann, Director of T-7A Formacun and Sustainability at Boeing Global Services, explains: We have integrated training across the board, including one-touch software updates. What a pilot sees in the classroom, on his desktop training equipment, and in gun and operating system trainers will be what he sees on the plane. Future pilots can look forward to more holistic and comprehensive training.

The T-7A GBTS is based on an open system architecture of digital hardware and software that enables it to grow with the changing requirements of the Air Force. Boeing expects to ship the first T-7A Red Hawk simulators to the U.S. Air Force in 2023.

Photo: T-7A Trainer

USAF T-7A aircraft

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