The skies above the United States Air Force are about to get a whole lot redder with the T-7A Red Hawk.

This bird is a supersonic advanced jet trainer geared up to modernize the training of the next batch of fighter and bomber pilots.

Let’s dive into the nuts and bolts of this next-gen aircraft, its features, capabilities, and why it’s a big deal.

T-7A Red Hawk: From Prototype to Powerhouse

Developed by Boeing alongside Swedish aerospace company Saab, the T-7A Red Hawk emerged from the T-X program, a competition to replace the Air Force’s aging Northrop T-38 Talon trainers.

It’s a brand-new Advanced Pilot Training System (APTS) catering to the needs of future fighter and bomber pilots.

The Red Hawk took its maiden flight in December 2016 and got the nod to move forward in 2018.

Designed for Digital Domination

Unlike its predecessors, the T-7A Red Hawk is the only next-gen trainer digitally designed and built with military certification.

This digital backbone seamlessly integrates top-notch training features, ensuring a solid and adaptable learning curve.