FARNBOROUGH, U.K. (July 19, 2010) – Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) today announced it has rolled out the first of 24 Beechcraft T-6C military trainers ordered by the Royal Moroccan Air Force (RMAF). 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.
“We are right on track with production for the RMAF, our first international customer for the T-6C,” said Jim Maslowski, HBC president, U.S. 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.
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.
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation is a world-leading manufacturer of business, special mission and trainer aircraft – designing, marketing and supporting aviation products and services for businesses, governments and individuals worldwide. The company’s headquarters and major facilities are located in Wichita, Kan., with operations in Salina, Kan.; Little Rock, Ark.; Chester, England, U.K.; and Chihuahua, Mexico. The company leads the industry with a global network of more than 100 factory-owned and authorized service centers. For more information, visit www.hawkerbeechcraft.com.