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Spain buys turboprop aircraft PC-21 for pilot training

Spain buys turboprop aircraft PC-21 for pilot training
Training aircraft PIlatus PC-21 Air France
Spanish Air Force buy 24 PC-21 production turboprop training aircraft of the Swiss company Pilatus Aircraft. This is stated on the website of state purchases in Spain.

Under the agreement, Spain Air Force will receive the first six aircraft and a ground simulator in March 2020 of the year, and the delivery of all 24 machines must be completed by the end of 2022 of the year. In Spain Air Force aircraft PC-21 will receive the designation E.27. The contract is worth 204,75 million euros.

The Defense Ministry said Spain, that these turboprops RS-21 will replace the currently in use as a primary machine preparation phase jet trainer aircraft CASA C-101EV Aviojet Spanish production of the 1980s in the Spanish Air Force Academy (General Academy of the Air – BUT) in San Javier. The thing is, C-101 is not only outdated, but also close to full utilization, which has already led to a number of falls and loss of instructors and students of the Academy. The Defense Ministry decided to completely stop the operation of aircraft C-101 by September 2021 of the year.

PC-21 aircraft was selected by the Ministry of Defense of Spain, according to the results of the tender, which was also attended by turboprop aircraft Beechcraft T-6C Texan II, Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano и KAI KT-1. One of the factors of victory of the airplane named its low cost compared to competitors.

Icpaniya became the ninth state, Ordered delivery Pilaus PC-21 aircraft. Total to date built 219 aircraft PC-21.

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