Diamond Aircraft has received a contract from the Ecuador Air Force (EAF) to provide a fleet of 12 DA20-C1 aircraft for pilot training.

The aircraft will be used to train rookie pilots at Cosme Rennella training academy at Salinas Air Base in Salinas, Ecuador.

Under the contract, the company will also provide complete programme support including spare parts and on-site support, along with flight instructor and maintenance training.

The FAR Part 23-certified DA20-C1, based on the HK36 Super Dimona, is a two-seat Garmin G500 glass cockpit-equipped military training aircraft.

The new fleet of aircraft is currently under production and the deliveries are scheduled for February 2012.