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Program leaders awaited the go-ahead to begin low-rate initial production of the estimated $26 billion acquisition from the Pentagon.
Under the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program, the companies will advance their concepts to preliminary design stage.
The Italian manufacturer and its U.S. subsidiary DRS Technologies are competing for the U.S. Air Force's T-X training jet requirement.
Various requirements for new fighters and helicopters remain unfulfilled, with only A400M airlifters delivered.
The country is under-invested in aircraft to patrol its troubled waters.
Rear Adm. Mathias Winter, who previously served as chief of naval research, will succeed Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan.
Low-cost mods retain the fighter’s original radar, but offer airframe lifetime extensions.
The manufacturer will provide 244 remanufactured AH-64Es to the U.S. Army over five years, and 24 new-build E-models to Saudi Arabia.
The single-seat Mk208 light attack version will be renewed by BAE Systems in partnership with Airod.
If the U.S. Air Force asks, the manufacturer contends it can begin deliveries in 2022, two years before planned initial operational capability.