The Australian Department of Defense has selected a consortium led by Lockheed Martin as the preferred bidder for AIR 5428 Pilot Training System project.
The contract will see the delivery of 49 Pilatus PC-21 trainer aircraft, the Australia’s DoD announced Sunday. The Lockheed consortium includes Pilatus and Hawker Pacific.
The AIR 5428 Pilot Training System project will provide the Australian Defence Force with a new training system to take pilots from flight screening through basic and advanced flying training.
AIR 5428 will replace the Royal Australian Air Force’s fleet of 63 Pilatus PC-9/As. If Team 21 signs the contract, it will provide the aircraft along with flight-line support, training facilities, campus accommodation and facilities, courseware, simulators and other synthetic training devices.
The Australian Defence Force will provide flying training instructors. The aircraft will be purchased by the Commonwealth and placed on the military register.
Another bid was from a BAE Systems Australia-led team, and was based around the Beechcraft T-6C and a partnership with CAE Australia.
BAE is the current operator of basic flying training for the ADF, operating a school at Tamworth, New South Wales. That contract will now end in 2019, and the Project 21 team will move the basic training school to RAAF Base East Sale in Victoria.