The Mexican Air Force (FAM) has taken delivery of four Beechcraft T-6C+ military trainer aircraft under contract from Hawker Beechcraft Defense (HBDC) at Santa Lucia Air Force Base in Reyes Acozac, Mexico.

HBDC secured a contract in January 2012 to supply six upgraded T-6C+ military trainers to the FAM, to help replace its fleet of ageing PC-7 Turbo trainer jets.

Russ Bartlett, Hawker Beechcraft Defense Company president, said the delivery marks a significant initial step in a long and successful relationship with the air force.

"These airplanes will form the backbone of the flight training programme for the next generation of exceptional Mexican Air Force pilots, and we’re honoured to be a part of it," Bartlett added.

An upgraded variant of the Hawker T-6 military trainer aircraft, the T-6C+ is designed to carry external stores and deliver practice weapons for training purposes.

The aicraft’s advanced feature include hard-point wings, a wide-field-of-view heads-up display (HUD), up-front control panel and an integrated glass cockpit to support advanced training missions.

The aircraft is also equipped with an advanced Esterline CMC Cockpit 4000 avionics suite with an open architecture, a fully-integrated and FAA-certified dual FMS/GPS navigation suite, and a hands-on throttle and stick (HOTAS)

The two remaining trainers are scheduled for delivery in September 2012.