[Aviation Today January 27, 2014] The Royal New Zealand Air Force has issued a new contract to Beechcraft to provide its T-6C Texan II turboprop aircraft to modernize the nation's military pilot training capabilities.
Beechcraft T-6 Trainer. Photo, courtesy of Beechcraft.
Under the new contract, Beechcraft will provide a fleet of 11 T-6C Texan II aircraft, two CAE operational flight training simulators and computer-based training courseware. The Wichita, Kan.-based manufacturer will also sign a 30-year logistics support contract to provide New Zealand with training, spare parts and maintenance.
“With more than 825 T-6 aircraft in operation around the world, and more than 2.2 million accumulated flight hours, the aircraft has a fully tested and validated airframe fatigue life, plus an advanced avionics capability to facilitate future growth," said Russ Bartlett, presider of Beechcraft Defense Co.
New Zealand will base the aircraft and simulators at its Air Force Base Ohakea. The T-6C is a replacement for the nation's fleet of Pacific CT-4E Airtrainer and Beechcraft King Air B200 training aircraft.
Beechcraft is scheduled to deliver all 11 aircraft by mid-2015.