Boeing T-45 Goshawk

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Product Type:

Military Jet Trainer Aircraft

Using Service (US):

Navy and Marine Corps (USMC)

Program Status:

Upgrades and sustainment

Prime Contractor:

The Boeing Company

The T-45 Goshawk Trainer Aircraft

About the T-45 Goshawk:

The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) T-45 Goshawk is a twin-seat, carrier-capable derivative of the BAE Systems Hawk. It is powered by a single Rolls-Royce F405-RR-401 Adour turbofan engine, which delivers 5,845 pounds of thrust. The Goshwawk serves as the aircraft component of the T45TS integrated jet pilot training system used by the U.S. Navy's Naval Air Training Command. The T-45 replaces the older TA-4 Skyhawk and T-2 Buckeye trainers.

Boeing produces the T-45's forward fuselage and horizontal stabilizers and performs final assembly and production flight-test. BAE Systems produces the wings and the center and aft fuselage sections, and Rolls-Royce provides the engine.

There are two versions of T-45 Goshawk currently in operational use, the T-45A and T-45C. The T-45A became operational in 1991 and features an analog design cockpit while the T-45C (deliveries began in December 1997) comes with a state-of-the-art digital glass cockpit. The T-45 is in service with Training Air Wing 1 at Naval Air Station Meridian in Mississipi and Training Air Wing 2 at Naval Air Station Kingsville in Texas. Training Air Wing 6 at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida, received the first T-45Cs in April 2008 for use in its Undergraduate Military Flight Officer program, which trains "backseaters" for the U.S. Air Force as well as the Navy and Marine Corps.

Since entering service in 1992, T-45 aircraft have logged over 800,000 flight hours and made over 50,000 arrested carrier landings. Approximately 3,500 student pilots from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and a number of foreign militaries have earned their wings in the T-45. Over the years, The Boeing Company has continually upgraded the aircraft with improvements such as leading-edge wing slats for better performance at low-speeds, high-gain nosewheel steering for safer ground handling, and a reinforced composite stabilator with increased span for better pitch control.

The designed service life of the aircraft is 14,400 hours. In FY 2014, the Navy launched a Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) for the T-45. SLEP modifications will incorporate changes to improve subsystems and structural details to increase aircraft service life to 21,600 flight hours.

On October 27, 2008, L3 Technologies' subsidiary L3 Vertex was awarded a $569 million contract by the U.S. Navy to provide logistics services and maintenance materials in support of T-45A and T-45C trainers. L3 Vertex teamed up with Boeing for this project. On July 1, 2014, L3 Vertex was awarded a $151 million contract to provide depot level maintenance and logistics services in support of 200 T-45 aircraft based at Naval Air Station (NAS) Meridian, MS; NAS Kingsville, TX; NAS Pensacola, FL; and NAS Patuxent River, MD.


Training platform for Navy/Marine Corps pilots.

FY 2020 & FY 2021 - T-45 DoD Program:

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Source: U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and The Boeing Company.

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