Argentina has taken delivery of first four of twelve Beechcraft T-6C+ Texan II trainer aircraft during a ceremony at Textron’s facility in the U.S.
The ceremony was attended by the head of the Joint Forces Command, Lieutenant General Bari del Valle Sosa, commander of the Army Lieutenant General Diego Luis Suer and head of the Navy Admiral Marceo Eduardo Hipolito Srur.
The first four aircraft has departed Textron’s facility for Argentina on 28 September and arrived at the Military Aviation School in Cordoba on Monday.
The aircraft will be used for the training of its military pilots and will replace its ageing Embraer EMB-312 Tucano aircraft of the Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Argentina, FAA).
Argentina has ordered 12 T-6C+ Texans plus spares and additional support equipment from its manufacturer, Textron at a cost of US$ 167 million. In August 2016 the U.S. State Department approved the sale of up to 24 T-6C+ aircraft to Argentina, worth an estimated USD300 million.
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Beechcraft T-6 Texan II:
Beechcraft T-6 Texan II is a single-engine turboprop aircraft built by the Raytheon Aircraft Company (which became Hawker Beechcraft and later Beechcraft Defense Company, and was bought by Textron Aviation in 2014).
A trainer aircraft based on the Pilatus PC-9, the T-6 has replaced the Air Force’s Cessna T-37B Tweet and the Navy’s T-34C Turbo Mentor.
The T-6A is used by the United States Air Force for basic pilot training and Combat Systems Officer (CSO) training and by the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps for primary Naval Aviator training as well as primary and intermediate Naval Flight Officer (NFO) training.
The T-6A is also used as a basic trainer by the Royal Canadian Air Force (CT-156 Harvard II), the Greek Air Force, the Israeli Air Force (Efroni), and the Iraqi Air Force.
The T-6B is the primary trainer for U.S. student naval aviators.
The T-6C is used for training by the Mexican Air Force, Royal Air Force, Royal Moroccan Air Force, and the Royal New Zealand Air Force.