USAF postpones T-X trainer industry day

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The US Air Force has postponed a planned industry day for its T-X advanced trainer replacement programme.

"T-X industry day has been postponed until further notice," reads a USAF notice posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website.

The postponement is reflective of the USAF's lack of funds for the programme. "The current fiscal climate forced difficult decisions and we had to push T-X back," the service says.

During recent Congressional testimony, both USAF secretary Michael Donley and chief of staff Gen Mark Welsh said that while the service needs to replace the ageing Northrop-38 Talon jet trainer, it does not have the money to do so.

Earlier this year, Gen Edward Rice, commander of the US Air Force's Air Education and Training Command, told reporters that there was no money available for the T-X programme, even before the Congressional sequestration measure went into effect.

Sequestration will truncate US defence outlays by about $500 billion over the next 10 years.