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durahawk wrote:airforces_freak wrote:I really didn't think SNC/TAI with their twin engined (Williams FJ44-4M) Freedom Trainer would stand a chance in this race but after hearing news of the companies dropping out from the tender I think this partnership now has a chance. They are offering the cheapest alternative out there: the use of commercial engines.
Ummm... no. Two commercial engines that don't have any established logistical support whatsoever within DoD are not automatically cheaper than a single F404 that the military has been supporting, maintaining and overhauling for decades.
The Williams FJ44-4M was also proposed by Cessna in its Model 526 CitationJet Trainer for the United States Joint Primary Aircraft Training System program in 1993. I don't think it would be more expensive to support, maintenance and overhaul the Williams FJ44-4M should the SNC/TAI Freedom Trainer be selected. In fact, SNC has stated that its offer will include support, maintenance and overhaul supply chains.