Beechcraft Defense, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation has secured a contract to support the Nato Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) Programme.
Awarded by CAE, the five-year, cost-per-flight-hour contract requires the company to provide service support including aircraft logistics, spare parts, engineering and technical manual update support for military flight training programme.
Beechcraft Defense Company president Tom Hammoor said: "We are proud to expand our relationship with CAE and the Nato Flying Training in Canada programme with this new service contract.
"Several of the Beechcraft T-6A aircraft in the NFTC fleet have already surpassed 10,000 flight hours and we look forward to supporting future operations to ensure their continued success in training the next generation of military pilots.
Powered by a single Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68 turbo-prop engine, the T-6A Texan II is a two-seat primary trainer designed to train joint primary pilot training (JPPT) students in basic flying skills that are common to both the USAF and navy pilots.
The fully aerobatic aircraft enables JPPT pilots to advance to one of four training tracks, which include the air force bomber-fighter or navy strike track, air force airlift-tanker or navy maritime track, air force or navy turboprop track, and the air force-navy helicopter track.
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The aircraft is currently operational with the air forces of Greece, Israel, Iraq, Morocco and Mexico.
Currently, the NFTC programme operates 23 Beechcraft T-6A aircraft for the flight training programme.
Image: An aircraft being operated for the Nato Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) Programme. Photo: © Textron Inc.