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