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.