ADF PC-21 takes flight
Pilatus Aircraft and Lockheed Martin have successfully completed the initial production test flight of the first Pilatus PC-21 single-turboprop advanced trainer aircraft for the Australian Defence Force (ADF), it was announced on 21 July.
The first PC-21 will be handed to the air force at East Sale in June 2017, after testing and verification work is carried out in Switzerland and Australia.
The PC-21 aircraft will form the backbone of future pilot training for the ADF for under the AIR 5428 Pilot Training System programme to train army, navy and air force pilots.
Lockheed Martin will provide overall project management for the pilot training system and deliver a family of integrated ground-based training technologies. Pilatus Aircraft will provide PC-21 turboprop training aircraft and through-life engineering and airworthiness support. Hawker Pacific will provide maintenance services and fleet support.
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