IDEX 2017

Jordan boosts trainer fleet [IDEX17D1]

18 February 2017

The Royal Jordanian Air Force, having placed an initial order for the Pilatus PC-9M in August 2015, re-evaluated its requirement in early 2016 and revised the procurement decision following a modification of the training concept, introducing the PC-21 all-through training model.

The contract amendment was initially for eight aircraft but with an option for additional units, if required. The option has been exercised for two more aircraft, with a total of 10 PC-21s now destined to provide the backbone of the nation’s future pilot training regime. The first deliveries will be made in mid-2017.

The latest Jordanian contract was part of three PC-21 fleet orders signed with Pilatus Aircraft Ltd of Stans, Switzerland, in December, also including 17 for the French Air Force, and two for British company Qinetiq, which will operate the PC-21s at the Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS) for training test pilots and flight test engineers.

The 21-unit order is worth more than $300 million and ensures continued employment at Stans.

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