Monday, May 13, 2013
Beechcraft Defense Company has signed a contract with the United States Air Force for several training aircraft, worth more than $210 million in planes.
On Monday, Beechcraft announced details of the $210 million contract, for 35 T-6 training aircraft with an option for 2 additional planes. Specifically, 33 of the planes will go to the U.S. Navy and 2 will be used for the U.S. Army.
Work will be done in Wichita beginning this month and delivery is scheduled for February 2015.
“The signing of this latest production lot of our JPATS contract underscores the trusted partnership between Beechcraft and the U.S. Government, which continues to rely on us to deliver and support their fleet as we have for the past 13 years,” said Russ Bartlett, president, Beechcraft Defense Company. “The contract will also provide increased stability for our Wichita workforce.”
The contract represents the 19th production lot of T-6 aircraft ordered by the air force and navy as part of the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS) procurement program, which was launced in the 1990s.