US approves $300m sale of T-6C+ Texan aircraft to Argentina

4 August 2016 (Last Updated August 4th, 2016 18:30)

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential $300m foreign military sale (FMS) of T-6C+ Texan aircraft and associated training, and support to Argentina.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential $300m foreign military sale (FMS) of T-6C+ Texan aircraft and associated training, and support to Argentina.

Under the potential sale, Argentina seeks to receive 24 T-6C+ Texan trainer aircraft, spare engines, initial spare parts, support equipment, communications equipment, studies and surveys.

Approved by the US State Department, the sale will also cover contract logistics support and technical services, aircraft technical publications, aircraft ferry and support, life support equipment and alternate mission equipment.

"The Argentine Air Force (AAF) will use the enhanced capability to redevelop a professional pilot corps and as a deterrent to illicit activity."

The Government of Argentina has also requested for initial maintenance training, initial pilot training, follow-on training, Air Force Materiel Command services and travel, unclassified minor modifications and engineering change proposals, ground-based training system, operational flight trainer (OFT) and OFT spare parts.

The procurement of this equipment and support will improve Argentina's capability to train its pilots and fulfill border control missions, especially along its northern border.

The Argentine Air Force (AAF) will use the enhanced capability to redevelop a professional pilot corps and as a deterrent to illicit activity.

The AAF's current fleet of T-34, King Air, and Cessna Caravan aircraft are powered by Pratt & Whitney PT6 family of engines.

Since the logistical commonalities with the aircraft already in its fleet, the AAF will be able to support and field the new T-6C+s.

Beechcraft Defense Company will serve as the prime contractor for the sale, which may provide additional opportunities for bilateral engagements and further strengthen the bilateral relationship between the US and Argentina.