The Chilean Navy is set to put some of its Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainers through a service life extension program (SLEP) with upgrades aimed at keeping those aircraft operational well into the 2030s, senior military sources told Jane’s .
After studying replacement options that included the possibility of acquiring new training aircraft, a decision was made in favour of extending the service of the PC-7s due to cost effectiveness, sources said at the FIDAE air show.
Chile’s Air Naval Command has used the PC-7 since 1978, when it received aircraft ordered in late 1976. The type has proven satisfactory and seven aircraft remain serviceable after 40 years of operation.
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