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Mexican Air Force adds 6 new T-6C Texan II aircraft to fleet

By Ryan Maass
Mexican Air Force adds 6 new T-6C Texan II aircraft to fleet
Mexico has ordered 48 T-6C Texan II trainer aircraft since January 2012. Photo courtesy Beechcraft

MEXICO CITY, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- The Mexican Air Force has completed its replacement of its aging fleet of Pilatus PC-7 aircraft by adding six new Beechcraft T-6C Texan II trainers.

The T-6C is designed to seat two crew members, and is used by the U.S. Navy to train officers for naval flight missions. The aircraft can also be equipped with .50-caliber bombs, guided missiles and rockets, and other weapons. However, no arms have been delivered or equipped to the aircraft.

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The Mexican Air Force plans to use the new planes to update trained officers. The PC-7 fleet, which the Beechcraft planes were procured to replace, was over 30 years old.

The Mexican Air Force has ordered 48 T-6C aircraft since January 2012, following the original contract for six of the planes.

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