WICHITA, Kan. (June 26, 2017) – Textron Aviation Defense LLC., a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced that the Beechcraft T-6C military trainer has achieved basic certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), supporting future configuration certification and delivery of 10 previously ordered T-6C aircraft for the U.K. Ministry of Defence’s Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) program.
The T-6C aircraft, on schedule to begin deliveries next year, will support team Affinity of Affinity Flying Training Services, a joint venture between Elbit Systems and KBR (Kellogg, Brown and Root) selected to provide aircraft and maintenance services to the UKMFTS program.
“Achieving EASA certification for the T-6C supports the progression of our contract with UKMFTS, and additionally opens up opportunities to provide a proven military training platform to the European market,” said Tom Hammoor, president of Textron Aviation Defense. “This highly capable training platform, further enhanced with exceptional product support, equips our customers with a superior solution for a wide range of mission needs.”
Textron Aviation Defense provides the UKMFTS program with a multitude of support services including engineering services, parts support and maintenance training. In addition, on-site Field Service Representatives will deliver ongoing technical expertise to maintenance personnel.
About the Beechcraft T-6C
The T-6C military trainer is an advanced version of the original T-6A with updated cockpit avionics. In order to replicate today’s high-tech frontline aircraft, the new cockpit features a Head-Up Display (HUD), Up-Front Control Panel (UFCP), three color Multi-Function Displays (MFD), Hands-On Throttle and Stick (HOTAS) as well as advanced synthetic air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons training capabilities. The integrated glass cockpit and a state-of-the-art avionics suite expands its capabilities, enabling the advanced systems and information management skills training required in current and future military aircraft. The T-6C variant maintains avionics similarity with the U.S. Navy’s T-6B while incorporating a hard-point wing to allow carriage of external fuel tanks.
Strength of the Beechcraft T-6 platform
The T-6 delivers world-class training capability and is ideally suited for teaching the most basic introductory flight training tasks through challenging and complex advanced training missions with low-operating costs. The T-6 is used to train pilots, navigators and weapons systems operators from more than 20 countries around the world. To date, the company has delivered more than 950 T-6 trainers, which have amassed more than 3 million flight hours.
About Textron Aviation Defense LLC
When customers need airborne solutions for their critical missions, they turn to Textron Aviation Defense LLC – a company offering innovative aviation platforms with state-of-the-art technologies, superior performance and the flight characteristics required to fit numerous military and special mission profiles. Textron Aviation Defense offers the innovative Scorpion, a bold, new, adaptable multi-mission military jet with unparalleled acquisition and operating costs, as well as the leading military flight trainer, the Beechcraft T-6 Texan and the world-class light attack and armed reconnaissance platform, the Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine. For more information, visit defense.txtav.com.
About Textron Aviation Inc.
Textron Aviation Inc. is the leading general aviation authority and home to the Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands, which account for more than half of all general aviation aircraft flying. For more than 90 years, the Textron Aviation brands have represented unrivalled innovation, performance and leadership in the industry, offering an unmatched value proposition rooted in the total ownership experience. Leveraging unparalleled speed-to-market, Textron Aviation provides the most versatile and comprehensive business and general aviation product portfolio in the world through five principal lines of business: business jets, general aviation and special mission turboprop aircraft, high-performance piston aircraft, military trainer and defense aircraft and a complete global customer service organization. Textron Aviation has delivered more than 250,000 aircraft in over 143 countries. Its broad range of products includes such best-selling aircraft as Citation business jets, King Air and Caravan turboprops and T-6 military trainer aircraft, all of which are backed by the industry’s most capable global service network. For more information, visit www.txtav.com.
About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Textron Off Road, Arctic Cat, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information, visit: www.textron.com.
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