Spartan Air Academy Iraq LLC has been awarded a contract, worth around $25 million, to provide contractor logistics support (CLS) services and material support for 15 Iraqi Air Force T-6A Texan II trainer aircraft.
The firm-fixed-price contract involves 100 percent foreign military sales to Iraq and was awarded by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) Training Aircraft Division, International Support Branch located at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
Work will be performed at Balad Air Base, Iraq and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2020.
The Beechcraft T-6 Texan II is a single-engine turboprop trainer aircraft built by the Raytheon Aircraft Company (which became Hawker Beechcraft and later Beechcraft Defense Company and was bought by Textron Aviation in 2014).
The aircraft is based on the Pilatus PC-9 trainer developed by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland as a more powerful evolution of the company’s PC-7.
The T-6A is used by the U.S. Air Force for basic pilot training and Combat Systems Officer (CSO) training, the Navy and the Marine Corps for primary and intermediate Naval Flight Officer (NFO) training, and by the Royal Canadian Air Force (CT-156 Harvard II designation), Greek Air Force, Israeli Air Force (with the “Efroni” nickname), and Iraqi Air Force for basic flight training.
The T-6B is the primary trainer for U.S. student naval aviators (SNAs). 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.