In a special ceremony at its headquarters in Wichita, Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) celebrated the delivery of the 700th Beechcraft T-6 – the world’s most proven military training aircraft. The milestone aircraft, a T-6C, was accepted by the United States Air Force (USAF) on behalf of the Royal Moroccan Air Force (RMAF). To date, all of the RMAF aircraft have been delivered on or ahead of schedule and all remaining aircraft, ground support equipment and spares are expected to be in-country ahead of schedule.
“This milestone is a testament to the ongoing success of the Beechcraft T-6 trainer program worldwide and the versatility and durability of the aircraft,” said Jim Maslowski, HBC president, U.S. and International Government Business. “We also continue to see great interest in our light attack aircraft, the AT-6, from military forces around the globe and we look forward to the program experiencing the same success as the T-6.”
Originally awarded in 2009, the agreement between Morocco and the U.S. was a government-to-government contract to replace the Government of Morocco’s aged fleet of T-34 basic trainer and T-37 jet trainers. In addition to the purchase of T-6 aircraft, the contract also included aircraft ferry services, site survey, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, facility infrastructure support, personnel training and training equipment, and other related elements of technical and logistics support.
Deliveries of the T-6 began in 2000 after the aircraft was initially selected to fill the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System role for the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy. Since then, additional military programs worldwide, including NATO Flying Training in Canada, the Hellenic Air Force of Greece, the Israeli Air Force, the Iraqi Air Force and the Royal Moroccan Air Force, have chosen the T-6 and its derivatives as their primary trainers. To date, the T-6 has been used to train pilots and navigators from approximately 20 different countries.
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.