Pilatus Aircraft has receivedÂ three contracts worth more than $294.6 million in total to supplyÂ PC-21 trainer jets to twoÂ international militaryÂ customersÂ and one defense company.
Oscar Schwenk, chairman of Pilatus’ board of directors, said France is the eighth air force to select PC-21 and the three orders willÂ bring the totalÂ number ofÂ PC-21Â aircraft operating worldwide to 209.
FranceÂ will use PC-21Â aircraft to train future military pilots that will fly the Alpha Jet trainers before their conversion to theÂ Dassault Rafale fifth-generationÂ fighter aircraft, Pilatus added.
The Swiss aircraft maker serves as a subcontractor under the French air force’s contract with Babcock Mission Critical Services France.
Qinetiq operates the Wiltshire, England-basedÂ Empire Test Pilots’ School that will use PC-21s andÂ modified flight instruments to trainÂ test pilots and flight test engineers.
Jordan exercised an option to procure two moreÂ PC-21 aircraft under a previously awarded contract that initially required eight PC-21s.
Pilatus is scheduled toÂ begin delivery of PC-21 trainers to Jordan in mid-2017.