Last month saw a sudden self-downselect by potential U.S. Air Force T-X trainer program contractors. Northrop Grumman, which had built a clean-sheet T-X prototype, decided it would not bid after all. Raytheon, bidding Leonardo’s M-346 as the T-100, left the partnership, leaving Leonardo’s expected bid as the sole non-U.S. prime. On Jan. 1, there were four front-runners, and two are now left. Lockheed Martin, offering Korea Aerospace Industries’ T-50A, and Boeing, ...

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