Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) has rolled out the first of 24 Beechcraft T-6C military trainers ordered by the Royal Moroccan Air Force (RMAF) ordered under a US$185.3 million contract announced last October.
The Royal Moroccan Air Force is the launch customer for the T-6C aircraft, an improved version of the T-6A Texan II. The T-6C features key upgrades to the T-6 training platform capabilities, including an integrated glass cockpit, advanced avionics suite and hard-point wings that can accommodate auxiliary fuel tanks, HBC said in a statement issued at Farnborough late last week.
“We are right on track with production for the RMAF, our first international customer for the T-6C,” says Jim Maslowski, HBC president, US and International Government Business. “The T-6C will greatly reduce the RMAF’s training costs and provide them with a platform that will prepare their pilots to operate modern military aircraft.”
The RMAF is replacing its existing fleet of T-34 and T-37 jet trainers with the T-6C. In addition to the hard-point wings, the T-6C’s upgraded avionics include a Head-Up Display, Up Front Control Panel, three Multifunction Displays and Hands-On Throttle and Stick. This equipment mirrors the systems and capabilities of today’s front-line strike fighter aircraft, while retaining all the inherent training and flying characteristics “that have made the T-6 the most successful primary trainer in the world,” HBC says.
The RMAF order represents a government-to-government agreement between Morocco and the U.S. In addition to the 24 aircraft, the contract includes aircraft ferry services, site survey, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, facility infrastructure support, personnel training and training equipment, and other related elements of technical and logistics support.
The wikipedia notes the T-6 is a development of the Swiss Pilatus PC-9.