WICHITA, Kan. (Jan. 25, 2010) – Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) today announced it will highlight its military trainers and special mission aircraft at the Aeroexpo Marrakech from Jan. 27-30 at Menara Airport. Morocco marks an important location for the company’s Beechcraft T-6, which will be on site for the Aeroexpo, with HBC’s recent contract from the Royal Moroccan Air Force for 24 of the trainer aircraft. In addition to the T-6, HBC will showcase its Beechcraft AT-6 and King Air 350 models at Booth D-28.
“This venue not only provides us with an opportunity to exhibit the world’s most successful primary trainer, the T-6, to a broad international audience, it allows us to do so at the home base of our first T-6C customer – the Royal Moroccan Air Force,” said Jim Maslowski, president, U.S. and International Government Business. “We are pleased to be a part of Aeroexpo Marrakech as we display the T-6 training platform, and the capabilities and features of our AT-6 and special mission aircraft.”
The Royal Moroccan Air Force is the launch customer for the new T-6C model aircraft, which is an improved version of the T-6A Texan II. Like the T-6B for the U.S. Navy, the T-6C features an integrated glass cockpit and advanced avionics suite that greatly expands advanced training opportunities. The upgraded integrated avionics suite includes a Head-Up Display, Up Front Control Panel, three Multifunction Displays and Hands-On Throttle and Stick. Distinguishing it from the T-6B, the new T-6C features a hard point wing to allow for external fuel tanks. This equipment mirrors the systems and capabilities of today’s front-line strike fighter aircraft, while retaining all the inherent training and flying characteristics that have made the T-6A the most successful primary trainer in the world.
The contract represents a government-to-government agreement between Morocco and the United States. The T-6C will replace the Government of Morocco’s current T-34 basic trainer and T-37 jet trainers, reducing fuel requirements by 66 percent. In addition to the 24 aircraft, the contract includes various training, equipment and support. Deliveries will commence this year.
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation is a world-leading manufacturer of business, special mission and trainer aircraft – designing, marketing and supporting aviation products and services for businesses, governments and individuals worldwide. The company’s headquarters and major facilities are located in Wichita, Kan., with operations in Salina, Kan.; Little Rock, Ark.; Chester, England, U.K.; and Chihuahua, Mexico. The company leads the industry with a global network of more than 100 factory-owned and authorized service centers. For more information, visit www.hawkerbeechcraft.com.
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