The US desperately needs a new jet trainer but it seems the T-X is further proof the defense procurement system is horribly broken. Over 6 years from contract award to IOC is mind boggling. We will get the song and dance about how our warfighters deserve the best, it’s complex 5th gen technology, and due diligence to cover the mismanagement. Mark my words, this project will be late with a plethora of issues. Full capability by 2028–2030 is my guess.