Pilatus Books $295M in PC-21 Trainer Aircraft Orders


Pilatus Aircraft has received three contracts worth more than $294.6 million in total to supply PC-21 trainer jets to two international military customers and one defense company.

The orders include 17 PC-21s for the French air force and two units each for Jordan’s air force and British contractor Qinetiq, Pilatus Aircraft said Wednesday.

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Oscar Schwenk, chairman of Pilatus’ board of directors, said France is the eighth air force to select PC-21 and the three orders will bring the total number of PC-21 aircraft operating worldwide to 209.

France will use PC-21 aircraft to train future military pilots that will fly the Alpha Jet trainers before their conversion to the Dassault Rafale fifth-generation 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-based Empire Test Pilots’ School that will use PC-21s and modified flight instruments to train test pilots and flight test engineers.

Jordan exercised an option to procure two more PC-21 aircraft under a previously awarded contract that initially required eight PC-21s.

Pilatus is scheduled to begin delivery of PC-21 trainers to Jordan in mid-2017.

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