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.
The new aircraft are being delivered under a contract awarded by the Directorate General of Armament (DGA) to Babcock Mission Critical Services France in December 2016, a DGA statement said last Thursday.
The contract includes a fleet of 17 Pilatus PC 21 turboprop training aircraft, 2 Full Mission simulators and 3 coaches, mission preparation and retrieval tools, as well as associated infrastructure.
The equipment will become the property of the Ministry of the Armed Forces in 2022. All the equipment will be delivered in early 2019 to ensure the training of the first class in the summer of 2019.
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
Indian government has decided to not extend the contract to maintain the Air Forces 75 PC-7 Turbo Trainers which was expired in December 2016. Manufactured by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland, the aircraft were acquired in 2012
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
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