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Beechcraft Defense, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation has secured a contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide support for the UK Military Flight Training System (UKMFTS) programme.

Under the terms of the sub-contract awarded through Affinity Flight Training Services, the company will provide ten Beechcraft T-6C Texan II military training aircraft for the pilot training programme intended for the UK armed forces aircrew.

Additionally, the company will provide support services and maintenance training including a five years of engineering services.

"We are proud to offer the UK MoD a proven and highly capable solution that will meet their current and future training needs."

The company will also employ an on-site Field Service Representatives to provide ongoing technical expertise to UKMFTS maintenance personnel.

Deliver under the contract will take place in the first quarter of 2018.

Beechcraft Defense Russ Bartlett said: "We are proud to offer the UK MoD a proven and highly capable solution that will meet their current and future training needs.

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"We look forward to continuing our successful relationship with the UKMFTS programme, providing a superior platform to fill its mission requirements, as well as outstanding product support."

Upon delivery, the new T-6C trainers will replace Shorts Tucano T1 aircraft of the Royal Air Force (RAF) and join the fleet of Beechcraft King Air 350ER turboprops.

An advanced version of the original T-6A, the T-6C military trainer features an upgraded cockpit that includes a head-up display (HUD), up-front control panel (UFCP), three-colour multi-function displays (MFD), hands-on throttle and stick (HOTAS).

Additionally, the aircraft has been designed to be capable of performing advanced synthetic air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons training.

More than 20 countries around the world use T-6 aircraft to train pilots, navigators, and weapons systems operators.

Currently, the UK Royal UKMFTS Rear Crew Training programme employs King Air 350ER turboprops for synthetic radar training.

Last week, Brazil-based aircraft manufacturer Embraer was also selected to provide five Phenom 100 jets for the multi-engine pilot training Press