The Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) has signed a contract with Pilatus Aircraft to deliver nine Pilatus PC-9 M training aircraft, in a bid to modernise its pilot training facilities.
The latest order also covers the supply of a simulator, training equipment and a comprehensive logistics support package.
Pilatus Board of Directors chairman Oscar J. Schwenk said: "We are very pleased to welcome the Royal Jordanian Air Force as a new member of the Pilatus family.
"I am equally happy that Pilatus won the deal against several other international competitors and that, in the final round, the Royal Jordanian Air Force chose our PC-9 M over all other aircraft!"
A variant of Pilatus PC-9, the Pilatus PC-9 M aircraft is a single-engine, low-wing tandem-seat turboprop training aircraft.
The aircraft, which is powered by a Pratt and Whitney PT6A-62 turboprop engine, is designed to provide Ab initio, advanced and instructor pilot training and close air support.
It is equipped with a comprehensive, fully tandem-capable VFR / IFR avionics package for navigation, communication and identification.
In addition, the aircraft has modern avionics including a head up display (HUD) and electronic flight instrumentation system (EFIS) along with a Martin-Baker CG-A ejection seat for safe escape.
With these new deliveries, the RJAF will benefit from a resolutely up-to-date, high-performance, cost-effective system for basic and advanced pilot training, the company stated.
The deliveries of the new aircraft are expected to begin from January 2017.
Image: The new PC-9 M aircraft will support RJAF’s efforts to modernise its pilot training facilities. Photo: courtesy of Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.