The U.S. Navy under its Undergraduate Jet Training System (UJTS) program plans to replace its aging T-45 Goshawk with a new advanced jet trainer and according to US media reports, the Navy will be soon be deciding on the bids that it has received that includes LCA-Navy Mk1 offered by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) but the biggest challenge seems to be coming from the Boeing that is pitching a version of the T-7A Red Hawk that’s already has been selected as the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation jet trainer.

The other two offers received are from Lockheed Martin that has teamed up with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to offer its T-50A and M-346 that is offered by the Leonardo for the Navy trainer competition. US media reports are giving slim chance to India’s LCA-Navy Mk1 due to cheaper alternatives that will come in form of T-7A Red Hawk and also due to massive orders that USAF already has placed with Boeing for the T-7A .

Among all four contenders, only LCA-Navy Mk1 has demonstrated capability to land and take off from an actual aircraft carrier but under UJTS, U.S. Navy is seeking to procure a trainer aircraft that can perform touch and go operations from an aircraft carrier instead of landing and take off from the aircraft carrier. HAL not teaming up with a US-Based Aerospace partner will also dent its chances in a big way since the order could be around 150-170 jets over the next 20 years that could require proper assembly and other facilities in the United States along with its supply chain to maintain this fleet for over next 40 years.

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