Textron Aviation Defense has been awarded a contract modification to exercise an option for the procurement of 255 automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) production kits for the T-6 Texan II aircraft.
The value of the modification, awarded by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract is around $8 million.
Out of the 255 ADS-B production kits, 251 are for the Texans operated by the U.S. Navy and the rest are for the ones in the U.S. Army.
The contract work will be performed in Wichita, Kansas, and is expected to be completed in September 2018.
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 U.S. Air Force for basic pilot training and Combat Systems Officer (CSO) training and by the U.S. Navy and U.S. 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.