Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) today announced the delivery of the tenth Beechcraft King Air B200-series aircraft to Serco Defence, Science and Technology in the United Kingdom (UK) for use with the Royal Air Force in the multi-engine pilot training role. The new King Air B200GT supplements the existing fleet of seven King Air B200 and two King Air B200GT aircraft to meet an increased demand for military multi-engine pilots within the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).
“The King Air is a very capable and flexible, special mission platform, easily completing annual utilization rates in excess of 750 hours, even in the demanding military pilot training role for the UK MoD,” said Jim Maslowski, president, U.S. and International Government Business. “The partnership between HBC, the service provider Serco and the end customer of the UK MoD has been key to the program’s continued success and represents a template for a wide range of similar special mission activities around the globe.“
A worldwide service provider, Serco Defence, Science and Technology is responsible for providing the King Air aircraft to the UK MoD as part of a partnership lease program. The delivery of the tenth King Air B200-series aircraft to the Royal Air Force is mirrored by the delivery of the first of four King Air 350ER maritime aircraft for use with the Royal Navy in the rear crew training role. These aircraft are the first new platforms purchased by the UK MoD as part of the future Military Flying Training System.
The B200GT is the latest evolution of the highly successful King Air B200-series aircraft, boasting a state-of-the-art glass cockpit and new Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-52 engines, which provide higher cruise speeds and faster climb rates. 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.