The U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy are bolstering their fleet of training aircraft, with a new $210 million order for 35 Beechcraft T-6 trainers.
(T-6C Trainer. Photo, courtesy of Beechcraft.)
Under the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS) procurement program, the order includes 33 T-6s for the navy, and two for the army. Production of the new lot will begin this month, with delivery scheduled to be complete by February 2015.
Beechcraft did not specify how many of the T-6s on order will be the T-6B and T-6C variant, which feature updated cockpit avionics over the T-6A.
“The signing of this latest production lot of our JPATS contract underscores the trusted partnership between Beechcraft and the U.S. Government, which continues to rely on us to deliver and support their fleet as we have for the past 13 years,” said Russ Bartlett, president, Beechcraft Defense Company.
The order follows strong start to 2013 for Beechcraft, as the company emerged from bankruptcy to report deliveries of 59 aircraft for the first quarter, along with nine T-6 deliveries.