T-7A Red Hawk tests, developed to replace the T-38 Talon advanced jet training aircraft, are ongoing. The U.S. Air Force chose Boeing as the main contractor for the platform. The T-7A’s only engine, GE 404, was turned off for 48 seconds when the aircraft was flying at an altitude of 20,000 feet, Boeing said in a statement. “It’s a test of all the subsystems built for backup in the event a pilot would have to shut the engine down in an emergency and power it back up again,” said T-7A Chief Pilot Steve Schmidt.
An agreement worth approximately nine billion US dollars was signed in 2018 for the platform, which was developed in cooperation with Boeing and Saab. The first delivery is scheduled for 2023.