The United States Air Force has awarded Hawker Beechcraft Corporation two follow-on contracts for an additional 137 T-6A Texan II military trainer aircraft.
This $550 million contract extension is a continuation of HBC’s delivery of products and services to the Air Force and Navy’s Joint Primary Aircraft Training System program. The Air Force Materiel Command, 664th AESS/PK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, awarded the contract.
The contract also includes program and manufacturing management, program support, field service representatives, diminishing material shortage management, field maintenance training and aircrew training devices.
“Hawker Beechcraft and its employees are proud to support the military’s training programs and operations,” said HBC’s Jim Maslowski, vice president, government business. “The original JPATS contract with HBC was awarded in 1995; since then we’ve delivered more than 380 T-6A aircraft to the government, supporting its mission of training excellence. Hawker Beechcraft won the highly competitive JPATS program by offering the safest, most capable and most affordable trainer, and it’s truly an honor to be an integral component of the training that helps military aviators protect our country and freedoms.”
The T-6A Texan II is an exceptional training aircraft and helps the U.S. military deliver an outstanding training program that includes more than 155 hours of flight training and weapons delivery training per pilot.
Overall, the JPATS program calls for the delivery of 768 aircraft and 105 aircrew training devices into early 2016. Logistic support plans for these aircraft extend beyond 2050. The Air Force and Navy have ordered 571 aircraft and 104 aircrew training devices to date, with a production contract value of more than $3.3 billion. Hawker Beechcraft has delivered more than 387 aircraft and 83 aircrew training devices to various major training installations throughout the U.S. since its first deliveries started in 2000.
In addition to the Air Force and Navy, the T-6A is currently in-service with the NATO Flying Training in Canada program and the Hellenic Air Force of Greece as a primary, weapons and navigation trainer. HBC has delivered 26 T-6A aircraft to the NFTC and 45 T-6A aircraft to the Hellenic Air Force.
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