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.
"We recognise this marks the beginning of training for Australia's fifth-generation air capability," said Vince Di Pietro, chief executive for Lockheed Martin Australia who attended the event along with AIR 5428 partners Pilatus Aircraft and Hawker Pacific in a statement Tuesday.
Under the AIR 5428 contract, Lockheed Martin is providing overall project management for the pilot training system and delivering a family of integrated ground-based training technologies.
Pilatus Aircraft is providing 49 PC-21 turboprop training aircraft and through-life engineering and airworthiness support, while Hawker Pacific is providing maintenance services and fleet support, and leveraging its established supply chain in Australia.
Signed in December 2015, the initial seven-year AIR 5428 Pilot Training System is valued at AU$1.2 billion, with performance-based options to extend the value and length of the contract for up to 25 years.
Rockwell Collins has won a contract from CAE to provide Visual Display Systems for French Air Forces Pilatus PC-21 simulators. Rockwell Collins will develop two Spectraview Visual Display Systems (VDS) in Salt Lake City, under a subcontract awarded by CAE
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
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
Finmeccanica has been awarded a contract from Pilatus to provide airborne communications for 49 PC-21 turboprop trainers recently acquired by the Australian Defense Force. Designated RT-700/A, the new systems will provide voice and data communications in a small and lightweight 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
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Australia has announced US $3.7 million plan to identify non-traditional methods of terrorism funding in Southeast Asia
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