Pilatus Aircraft has signed 300 million Swiss francs (US$292.2 million) contract to sell 21 PC-21 advanced trainers, of which 17 are for the French Air Force and two each for the Royal Jordanian Air Force and QinetiQ.
The French Air Force has opted for the 21st century training system. The 17 PC-21s will be used to train future military pilots who will transfer to the Alpha Jet prior to their conversion on to the Dassault Rafale, a multi-purpose 5th generation fighter aircraft, the firm announced today.
The contract signed on the 30th December 2016 by the French Air Force is with Babcock Mission Critical Services France (BMCSF), with Pilatus as a sub-contractor, in which role PC-21 and other ground-based training material will contribute to completion of the overall contract.
In addition to the Swiss Air Force, France is now the second European nation to opt for the PC-21 as part of the advanced, most efficient integrated training system.
Under the contract concluded with QinetiQ, a British company, Pilatus will provide two PC-21s to the "Empire Test Pilots' School (ETPS)" based in Wiltshire, in the south of England. Operated by QinetiQ, ETPS functions as a training centre for flight test engineers and test pilots.
The PC-21s with their modified flight instruments will be used to train test pilots and flight test engineers for customers from the United Kingdom and elsewhere.
The Royal Jordanian Air Force, having placed an initial order for the PC-9 M in August 2015, re-evaluated their requirement in early 2016 due to previously unforeseen issues with their Lead in Fighter Trainer (LIFT) platform.
The procurement decision was revised following a modification of the training concept, introducing the PC-21 all-through training model – currently the most advanced training system available anywhere on the market.
The contract amendment was initially for eight aircraft but with an option for additional units, if required. The option was now executed for two more PC-21s’, with a total of ten PC-21s’ now providing the backbone of the nation's future pilot training regime. The first deliveries will be undertaken mid-2017.
Oscar J. Schwenk, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pilatus said, "France is already the 8th air force to choose the PC-21: these orders included, we will soon have a total of 209 PC-21s”.
Pilatus has completed its initial production test flight of the first of 49 PC-21 aircraft destined for the Australian Defence Forces. Under a contract signed in December 2015 aimed at harmonising Australian Defence Force flight training across all three services – Army, Navy and Air Force – Pilatus will deliver a total of 49 PC-21 which will operate from four Royal Australian Air Force bases
The Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer aircraft of the Iran's army crashed in the central province of Isfahan Sunday, Tasnim news agency reported. The trainer plane crashed due to a technical problem near the village of Zafarqand, along a road between the cities of Naeen and Ardestan on June 5
Delhi-based arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari has come under scanner once again after the media reports allege that he is also involved in financial crime related to Pilatus trainer aircraft deal. Investigators are probing what kind of services his company, the Offset India Solution Private Limited, had provided to Swiss aircraft major Pilatus, NDTV reported
Switzerlands Pilatus Aircraft has won a contract from Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) for the purchase of nine Pilatus PC-9 M training aircraft. The Swiss company announced today that the order also includes a simulator, training equipment and a comprehensive logistics support package
The first two Pilatus PC21 turboprop trainers to train French fighter pilots landed at Cognac air base on August 30, 2018 for pre-delivery controls. The aircraft will become part of a new training system which aims to renew both the equipment and the training methods used to train pilots, navigators and weapons systems officers
Australia's Chief of Air Force has completed first flight in the Lockheed Martin's AIR 5428 Pilatus PC-21 Pilot Training System. The Chief of Air Force's first flight of the in-service Pilatus PC-21 aircraft was shown at a media event hosted by Australian Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne, in East Sale, Australia yesterday
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