US oks a possible $300mn FMS from Argentina for 24 T-6C+ Texan aircraft

Published: Wednesday, 03 August 2016 16:52

The United States State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Argentina for 24 T-6C+ Texan aircraft, training, and support. The estimated cost is $300 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced today on its website.

The Government of Argentina has requested a possible sale of 24 T-6C+ Texan trainer aircraft, spare engines, initial spare parts, support equipment, communications equipment, studies and surveys, contract logistics support and technical services, aircraft technical publications, aircraft ferry and support, life support equipment, initial maintenance training, initial pilot training, follow-on training, alternate mission equipment, Air Force Materiel Command services and travel, unclassified minor modifications and engineering change proposals, ground-based training system, operational flight trainer (OFT) and OFT spare parts.

Beechcraft’s T-6C Texan II military flight trainer aircraft is an improved version of the famous T-6B Texan II basic trainer. The T-6C+ is an enhanced version of the T-6C trainer equipped with an FN Herstal stores management system and advanced avionics.

The Argentine military has embarked on an ambitious path toward modernizing its military materiel. The proposed sale will revitalize Argentina’s capability to train its pilots and fulfill border control missions, especially along its porous northern border. The Argentine Air Force (AAF) will use the enhanced capability to redevelop a professional pilot corps and as a deterrent to illicit activity. The AAF is very experienced working with the Pratt & Whitney PT6 family of engines which they currently have on their T-34, King Air, and Cessna Caravan aircraft. Given the logistical commonalities with the aircraft already in its fleet, the AAF will be able to support and field the new T-6C+s,” the DSCA said.

The prime contractor will be Beechcraft Defense Company, LLC, of Wichita, Kansas.

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