Mexico orders more Beechcraft trainer aircraft

Oct. 25, 2013 at 12:58 PM

WICHITA, Kan., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- The Mexican Air Force has ordered six additional Beechcraft Corporation T-6C+ trainer aircraft capable of carrying external stores and practice weapons.

The T-6 is a single-engine turboprop with a cruise speed of 320 mph and a range of more than 1,000 miles. It is used by eight countries, including the United States, Germany and Canada.

The T-6C+ variant features hard-point wings, heads-up display, up-front control panel, an integrated glass cockpit and an advanced avionics suite.

The Mexican Air Force ordered an initial six T-6C+ variants last year for delivery to an advanced training base by the end of this year.

"This follow-on order demonstrates how customers around the world are successfully utilizing and benefiting from the T-6," said Russ Bartlett, president, Beechcraft Defense Company. "We are pleased to help the FAM (Air Force of Mexico) grow its military training fleet and look forward to continuing to expand our relationship over the coming years."

The value of the contract was not disclosed.

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